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toy safety issues spread beyond mattel September 10, 2007

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BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, expressed concern last week about toy safety issues. The European Parliament also addressed consumer protection issues supporting both better regulation with maximum harmonisation and a procedure for collective redress for consumers. Euractiv describes this as being similar to US-style class actions, although the EP’s socialist group press release contrasts MEP Béatrice Patrie’s proposal with US style class actions:

The thinking behind group actions is not simply to mimic the American “class action”model, whose “aggressive touting of consumers by unscrupulous lawyers and awards of punitive damages against economic operators in no way reflects the legal culture in European countries,”

Meanwhile in the US the Walt Disney Company is to test Disney character toys for lead paint. And retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, are organising their own safety inspections. And the Second Biennial Sino-U.S. Consumer Product Safety Summit takes place tomorrow, September 11, 2007 in Washington D.C. The notice of the meeting states (in red capital letters):

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING INTEREST, AND LIMITED SPACE AT THIS EVENT, ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE PRE-REGISTERED WILL BE ADMITTED.

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