Congressional Legislation Targets Foreign Producers Who Skirt U.S. Law

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Congressional Legislation Targets Foreign Producers Who Skirt U.S. Law 

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2008

Contact: Amaya Smith
202.965.3500, ext. 8740

Attorney Set to Testify Says No One Should Lose a Child Due to Defective Foreign Products

Washington, DC—Legislation being considered today by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law would make it easier to hold foreign manufacturers accountable when their products injure or even kill Americans.  Consumers have faced a wave of recent scares related to injuries and deaths involving hazardous foreign products such as exploding tires, tainted prescription drugs like Heparin, and toxic, life threatening toys. 

Currently, foreign manufacturers are able to skirt U.S. law by claiming they never intentionally marketed their product where the consumer lives.  These manufacturers claim they aren’t subject to U.S. law while continuing to export billions in products to all 50 states.  The Protecting Americans from Unsafe Foreign Products Act would force foreign manufacturers to play by the same rules as American manufacturers and stop hiding behind American corporations who distribute their products.

“When a defective scooter made in China caused the death of my client’s 13-year-old daughter, it was nearly impossible to locate the Chinese manufacturer to hold them accountable in the United States,” said Richard R. Schlueter, Esq., an attorney and American Association for Justice member set to testify before the subcommittee.  “There is something very wrong about a system that allows these companies to manufacture, distribute and do business in a country where they are not required to abide by the law of the land.  Other Americans should not have to go through what my client did in order to receive justice for the loss of a loved one.”   

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