Background

A federal court has generally prohibited three New York companies and their owners and operators from importing, selling, and distributing toys and other children’s products until they implement numerous remedial measures to bring their operations into compliance with the law, according to a recent Justice Department press release. These measures include implementing a product safety and testing program, hiring a product safety coordinator, having products tested by accredited testing bodies, and submitting to monitoring by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The court’s two consent decrees of permanent injunction resolve civil actions alleging that the defendants violated the Consumer Product Safety Act and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act by importing children’s products containing lead, illegal levels of phthalates, small parts posing a choking hazard for children under the age of three, and accessible batteries. The CPSC had sent 54 total letters to these defendants notifying them that their products violated federal standards.

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