Partner Christie Thompson authored the LawFuel article “Selling Hoverboards? Avoid The Legal Risks.” Hoverboards have skyrocketed as a top gift this holiday season, dominating retail shelves and website banners. The article warns that if your company is selling these Segway-esque self-balancing boards, think closely about potential safety issues. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reportedly has initiated an investigation into claims that the products, typically powered by a lithium battery, have caught on fire. Christie outlines five tips for companies hoping to avoid negative attention from the CPSC: conduct due diligence, obtain contractual representations from the manufacturer or distributor, train employees, monitor and respond to consumer reports, and communicate with the CPSC.
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