Children’s Toys

The Fifth Circuit ruled the Consumer Product Safety Commission procedurally erred when it issued its final rule prohibiting the manufacture and sale of any children’s toy or article that has more than 0.1% of any one of five phthalates, which can have negative health effects. However, the court remanded the case, finding there is a “serious possibility” the agency can substantiate its decision if given the opportunity.

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Space Doll

A prominent astronomer who claims American Girl Brands misappropriated aspects of their physical appearance and identity for a space-themed doll without consent may pursue their Lanham Act claims against the company, a federal court in Wisconsin ruled, finding consumers could be confused about whether the astronomer endorsed or is somehow connected with the doll.

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EU Fines NBCUniversal for Restricting Film Merchandise Sales

European Union authorities have fined NBCUniversal for restricting cross-border sales of “Jurassic Park” toys, “Minions” school bags, “Big Lebowski” mugs and other licensed film merchandise, in the bloc’s latest regulatory effort to enforce the competition rules governing its single market.

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