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Ever since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) increased the cap on civil penalties from USD1,825 million to USD15 million for related violations of the consumer product safety laws, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has steadily—and substantially—increased the amount of civil penalties it has sought from companies violating federal product safety regulations. CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye has repeatedly called for much higher penalties against violating companies.

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