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The Ins and Outs of CPSC's New Database

Friday, March 18, 2011
2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Free for USA-ITA and AISA members
$50 for non-members

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission's Publicly Available Consumer Product Information Database is scheduled to be fully operational this month. This webinar will give an overview of the Database and discuss what companies should expect when the Consumer Product Safety Commission begins publishing reports of harm. The presentation will explain what information will be published in the Database, who may submit reports of harm, and who may comment on reports. With a focus on the textile and apparel industry, we will consider how the Database rules affect companies and who may be left out of the process. The presentation also will cover timelines for reporting, commenting, and publication, and will discuss claims about confidential business information and materially inaccurate information.
Presenter: BJ Shannon, Senior Associate, Alston + Bird LLP

BJ Shannon focuses her practice on international trade regulation and policy and has experience in customs, export controls, trade remedies, product safety, and tax and customs transfer pricing. She represents clients located in the United States and abroad in regulatory proceedings, enforcement actions, litigation, and legislative matters. These clients include manufacturers, importers, exporters, trade associations, customs brokers, freight forwarders, and bonded carriers and facility operators. They operate within a legal framework designed not only to move goods across borders, but also to provide safe products, protect the environment, support U.S. producers, and safeguard national security. Thus, Ms. Shannon also counsels clients on developing strategies and compliance procedures, seeking rulings and licenses, and participating in legislative and rulemaking processes.

Ms. Shannon is a member of the District of Columbia and Georgia bars, and she is admitted to practice before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Shannon received her J.D. in 2003 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Ms. Shannon worked on the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology and served as a legal writing teaching assistant in the Dillard Fellow program. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics and German from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1999. At Tulane, Ms. Shannon was a Deans’ Honors Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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