Shihan vs Goliath

Via Conversations with Consumers By Nancy Nord Published MAY 12, 2015 As the saga of the magnets ban continues to unfold, last week another chapter was added when the CPSC brought yet another action against Zen Magnets, the one company that has refused the CPSC’s demand to do a recall.  But this time the agency sued not only the company but also its young founder, Shihan Qu, in his personal...
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Government Immoraly Bans Magnet Spheres; Zen Vows to Fight

Via The Objective Standard By Ari Armstrong Published OCT. 17, 2014 “On September 24, the CPSC [Consumer Product Safety Commission] commissioners voted 4-0 to ban small, high-powered magnets,” Melanie Asmar reports for Westword. The CPSC has already driven almost every U.S. seller of these magnets out of businesses, including, most infamously, Buckyballs. Now a single company, Zen Magnets,...
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Last Maker of Strong Magnets Deemed Hazard to Children Fights Safety Ban

Via New York Times By RACHEL ABRAMS Published OCT. 2, 2014 Buckyballs are dead — banned by federal authorities as a threat to children who might ingest them. But Shihan Qu is waging a lonely battle to save his version of the powerful little magnetic toys. Mr. Qu is the only manufacturer still fighting the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has demanded that Buckyballs and similar magnets...
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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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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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