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After Two-Year Fight, Consumer Agency Orders Recall of Buckyballs

Publication Date: 
July 17, 2014
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
Rachel Abrams

After a two-year fight to get Buckyballs off the market, the Consumer Product Safety Commission put a formal recall of the toy into effect.

Consumers will have a six-month window to apply for refunds for the sets of tiny, powerfully magnetic stacking balls. The refunds will be paid for by Craig Zucker, the former head of Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, which made Buckyballs.

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“It remains to be seen whether the C.P.S.C. will adopt this aggressive approach in future cases,” said Nora F. Engstrom, an associate law professor at Stanford. “Was this a one-off response to exceptional circumstances, or is this a new and powerful weapon in C.P.S.C.’s arsenal?”