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Paul Laurenza Authors Law360 Article on CPSC Settlement with Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.

Commissioners Sharply Divided on Addition of Compliance Requirements in Agreement

April 16, 2013

Paul M. Laurenza, Office Managing Member of the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office—whose practice includes representation of manufacturers, importers and retailers on product safety and other regulatory compliance and enforcement matters before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other agencies—recently authored an article for Law360, the nation’s leading resource for news and information about litigation, transactions and the legal profession.

The article, “Companies May See More Compliance Rules After Kolcraft,” outlines the key provisions of a recent high-profile settlement agreement between the CPSC and Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc. As Laurenza notes, the inclusion of certain compliance provisions in the agreement triggered sharp disagreements among the three CPSC commissioners, as reflected in the commissioners’ follow-up statements.

Laurenza adds that the Kolcraft agreement and the language in the statement of the majority commissioners have generated concern within the business and legal communities as to the CPSC’s future intentions regarding civil penalty settlements with companies that allegedly fail to file timely substantial product hazard reports with the commission.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.