Thursday, August 9, 2007
I admit I can't stop picturing a courtroom scene performed entirely in the Fisher-Price little people. Perhaps this guy can provide the puppetry for the eventual made-for-TV movie. But, in any event...
Via Consumerist and a bunch of other places, the CPSC is investigating Mattel (which owns Fisher-Price) for the speed of reporting injuries. This, of course, is related to the massive recall of Fisher-Price toys for the presence of lead paint.
An aside on the lawyering/advertising front: One of the places that came up in Google News when I was trying to find a not-behind-a-wall link for the AP story was something called News Inferno, which links to ToyInjuries.com for a list of the recalled toys (rather than, say, to the CPSC's announcement).
ToyInjuries.com is a site for NY-based firm Parker Waichmann Alonso, which may sound familiar to readers, as it was the first firm out of the gate advertising for Minneapolis bridge collapse victims. And, going back a step, to whom is NewsInferno.com registered? Why, that'd be the named partner Jerry Parker of Parker Waichmann Alonso, though that's identified nowhere on the site. The disclosure is particularly notable given this on the "Partnerships" page:
We believe the public must always have access to complete, honest, and objective news coverage of important issues which special interest groups and others would rather see under-reported or ignored by mainstream news services. The exchange of information between all types of reporting organizations can help ensure that the public will not be kept in the dark.
I'm not sure what's left of the New York advertising regulations...Eric?