Shihan Qu Battles Federal Regulators

Via The Westword By Alan Prendergast Published JANUARY 20, 2018 Shihan Qu thought he knew a thing or two about small, round magnets and their capacity to attract — not only each other, but artists, scientists and hobbyists, drawn by the magnets’ quirky behavior and simple elegance. What he hadn’t counted on, though, was their ability to attract trouble. The first sign of trouble arrived on his...
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Saving Magnets A Massive Battle

Via The Huffington Post By Jeremy Kutner Published AUGUST 21, 2017 Shihan Qu stood before an industrial gas furnace in a cavernous metal treatment plant on the outskirts of Denver wearing a novelty tuxedo T-shirt and dark-framed hipsterish glasses. He was there to hear a eulogy for his magnets. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in solemn remembrance and fond celebration of the lives of...
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CPSC Still Trying to Crush Small Round Magnet Toys; Last Surviving American Seller Zen Magnets Fights Back

Via Reason.com Blog by Brian Doherty Reason has long been on the beat regarding the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission’s apparent vendetta against the little round magnets which were perhaps most famously sold by the company Maxfield & Oberton as “buckyballs,” which you can use to form fascinating shapes. We’ve reported extensively on the very personal way...
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What's the connection between magnets and marijuana?

Via Denver Business Journal Zen Magnets LLC, a Boulder company that’s attracted the ire of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has taken steps to ensure its powerful magnet spheres don’t fall into the hands of children. The CPSC has successfully sued other companies to get similar products removed from stores, citing concerns that the powerful magnets could cause internal damage...
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New Voluntary Standard for Retail Sales

DENVER, COLORADO, June 26, 2014. In the midst of a regulatory battle with the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), Zen Magnets has begun expanding to retail stores with physical locations, and has announced a new Voluntary Standard for retail sales of artistic and educational magnet spheres. The CPSC staff “preliminary determined” that all aggregate sets of high powered magnets...
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Fielding Differences

By Nancy Nord, via Conversations with Consumers Blog It has been said that no two people ever read the same book.  Our perspectives and reactions are all influenced and informed by the points of view we bring to a particular issue.  This is especially true of commissioners at the CPSC who bring a wealth of experiences to the agency and whose outlooks are influenced by those experiences. My...
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