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New Consumer Product Safety Legislation a Roadmap for Plaintiffs Bar

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (the Act), intended to modernize the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission), was signed into law by President Bush on August 14, 2008.  Touted as the most significant overhaul of U.S. consumer product safety law since the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the first step toward revitalizing an important safety agency and restoring confidence in the safety of consumer products for years to come,  the Act maintains the basic structure of federal consumer product safety efforts, reauthorizing the CPSC through fiscal year 2014. Yet, this new legislation also expands the CPSCs mandate and provides the commission with powerful new tools to aid in its enforcement duties.

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