In this article, Partner Anthony S. Barkow and Associate Danielle Muniz discuss the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent indictment concerning the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). On March 29, 2019, the DOJ announced that it had indicted for the first time two corporate executives for failing to furnish information under the CPSA. The government alleged that the two individuals – executives of companies that imported, distributed and sold dehumidifiers – had failed to timely report known defects in the products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Mr. Barkow and Ms. Muniz discuss the role of the CPSC, the federal agency that enforces the CPSA, and its sometimes overlooked enforcement capabilities.
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