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SGMA Addresses Industry Concerns On CPSIA Legislation

Date: 6/18/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 18, 2009 – Will your sports products withstand the scrutiny of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)?  That was one of many questions answered by members of SGMA’s Legal Task Force during an SGMA-sponsored conference call held on June 17.  The call examined the impact of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) on the sporting goods industry.  This was the fourth installment in a series of calls by SGMA’s Legal Task Force in recent months to better explain the CPSIA legislation. 

The topics examined included (1) Recent & Future Changes at the CPSC, (2) Tracking Label Requirements, (3) CPSC Guidance & “Practicable” Solutions for Tracking Label Requirements, (4) Public Consumer Database - Section 212, and (5) Practical Tips for Consumer Product Litigation.

“It’s dynamic to have access to the professional expertise of our Legal Task Force to explain, in layman’s terms, the true impact of the CPSIA legislation on all sporting goods manufacturers,” said SGMA President Tom Cove.  “I want to thank the leaders of SGMA’s Legal Task Force for the time which they have spent on the CPSC issue.  Having the chance to hear their legal opinions on this issue is a perk of SGMA membership.”

"The Legal Task Force is proud to be a part of the SGMA's efforts to help its members cope with this sweeping legislation. By providing these cutting edge programs with candid discussion, we hope to assist SGMA members by allowing them to survive and thrive in the path of a tsunami of new legislation and regulations," said Mark Granger, Senior Partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP.

“As part of the Legal Task Force it is an honor to assist the SGMA and its membership in navigating through the treacherous waters and unintended consequences of the CPSIA,” said Snell & Wilmer Partner, Gary Wolensky. “It is critical to help calm the storm so members can be confident that they will be able to move their product in the worst economy that we have seen since 1929.”

For those seeking additional details on the CPSIA legislation and the impact of this bill, visit SGMA’s homepage at www.SGMA.com.  Under the header titled Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Developing Issues, there are complete details on this ongoing topic.

The conference call was free to SGMA members.  Click here to access the PowerPoint summary of the conference call.

The SGMA Legal Task Force is headed by Mark Granger (Morrison Mahoney) who serves on the Steering Committee of the Legal Task Force along with Bruce Cranner (Frilot), Kevin Mayer (Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor), Paul Rosenlund (Duane Morris), and Gary Wolensky (Snell & Wilmer).

The SGMA Legal Task Force is comprised of members of national and regional law firms involved in representing and advising the manufacturers and distributors of sporting goods and sports-related products, and of in-house counsel for sporting goods manufacturers and distributors. These attorneys represent the industry in litigation and trials, and provide counsel in the areas of products liability, national and international trade, intellectual property, contract and transactional matters, statutory and regulatory compliance, technology, and standard-of-care and state-of-the-art issues.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy.  More information about SGMA membership and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com.

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