January 13, 2008
Hunting Tree Stand Manufacturer Agrees To Pay $420,000 Civil Penalt
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced in a release on January 10 that a Wisconsin-based tree stand manufacturer, Ardisam Inc., of Cumberland, Wisconsin, has agreed to pay the government a $420,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles a government lawsuit brought by the Office of Consumer Litigation of the U.S. Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on behalf of the CPSC, alleging that the company failed to immediately report to the CPSC serious injuries to hunters with its Big Foot and Lite Foot series hunting tree stands. The company recalled 78,000 of the tree stands in July 2004. In the CPSC release Acting Chairman Nancy Nord said "The law is clear – companies must immediately tell CPSC about products that could pose a substantial risk or create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death," and "[t]he quicker a company tells CPSC about a dangerous product, the quicker we can work to protect the health and safety of consumers." Ardisam denied the allegations that it violated federal law or failed to immediately report to the CPSC in settling the lawsuit.
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