Last month, the CPSC and the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against a nationwide retailer of arts and crafts supplies in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeking both a civil penalty and a permanent injunction. The complaint alleges that the defendant knowingly violated the reporting requirement of the Consumer Product Safety Act in connection with glass vases that shattered in consumers’ hands. According to the complaint, the defendant first received complaints about vases shattering in consumers’ hands in 2007, but failed to report the issue to the CPSC until 2010. The complaint also alleges that when the defendant did report to the CPSC in 2010, it misrepresented that it was only the retailer, and not the importer of record, of the subject vases, thereby allowing the defendant to avoid implementing a recall of the vases.

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