May 5, 2008 (Washington, DC) — Legislation being considered 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.”