Buckyballs: The Ball of Rights
There is much to-do about magnets lately. We wrote previously about the lawsuit filed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) against Craig Zucker, CEO of Maxfield and Oberton, the manufacturer of Buckyballs.
From that post, we heard from Scott Wolfson, director of communications for the CPSC, who offered some observations as well as some clarifications. First, the CPSC has NOT forced a mandatory recall of Buckyballs, nor any of the rare earth magnet products sold by two other companies also party to the lawsuit filed by the staff of the CPSC. Wolfson pointed out that this legal action is a "lawsuit to achieve" that recall. As such, the first level of appeal of any ruling for Zucker, or either of the other two manufacturers who are parties to the suit, is the CPSC commissioners themselves, and that's an important distinction. Wolfson went on to say, "While there are three parties to the suit, 10 other manufacturers (of rare earth magnets) 'did the right thing' and pulled their products off the market."
Jeff is executive director of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Prior to that, he was responsible for developing safe and compliant brand merchandise for Michelin. He has worked with brands in publishing, consumer products, broadcasting and film for over 30 years. Follow Jeff on Twitter, and QCA on Facebook.