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E-waste: Extended Producer Responsibility Laws

The number of states with electronic waste legislation is growing every year. Of those states having electronic waste legislation, the vast majority have followed an extended producer responsibility approach—placing responsibility on manufacturers of covered products to deal with recycling of those products. While there are...

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Strict Illinois Lead Labeling Law Now in Effect

As of January 1, 2010, Illinois law requires lead warning labels for children’s jewelry, child care articles, and toys containing paint that contain more than 40 parts per million (ppm) lead content. With a labeling threshold of 40 ppm, significantly lower than the federal lead...

CPSC Adopts New Flexibility for Testing of Component Parts for Lead

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously this month to adopt an interim enforcement policy allowing component part testing for lead. Under this policy, manufacturers and importers can certify their products as meeting lead paint and lead content limits in the following ways: Lead...

CPSC Extends the Stay of Enforcement on Testing and Certification

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously this month to extend a stay of enforcement on testing and certification for many regulated children’s products. However, even though enforcement has been stayed, products must still comply with applicable CPSC standards, rules, bans and regulations. 1....

Connecticut Publishes Draft Rules for Managing Electronic Waste

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published draft rules for the state’s electronic waste (E-Waste) program. The rules apply to disposition of computers, computer monitors, printers and TVs. See, Public Act No. 07-189 (2007) Basic Requirements According to the DEP’s proposed rules, manufacturers will...

Nanotechnology – The Future is Now

Acknowledgement: Elizabeth Wright from Dorsey’s litigation and products liability practice group prepared the following post on Nanotechnology and how companies need to prepare for coming regulations and liability risks. If your company is not already selling a product incorporating engineered nanoscale materials or researching applications...

CPSC Toy Safety Statistics

CPSC Chairperson Inez Tenenbaum outlined recent advances in toy safety standards over the past two years, including the following CPSC achievements:  federal limits for lead in paint on children’s toys dropped to 90 parts per million, which is among the lowest in the world;...