Draft RCA: Forman Mills, Inc. Proposed Civil Penalty Settlement of $600,000 and Additional Obligations for Alleged Violations of Section 15(b) of the CPSA

The Commission voted to provisionally accept the Settlement Agreement and Order which requires Forman Mills to pay a civil penalty of $600,000 and other obligations.
March 26, 2014

Record of Commission Action

(Briefing package dated March 19, 2014, OS No. 4891)



The Commission voted unanimously (3-0) to provisionally accept the attached Settlement Agreement and Order, which would order Forman Mills, Inc., (Forman Mills or the Firm) to pay a civil penalty of $600,000 and comply with additional obligations.  The provisional Settlement Agreement and Final Order will be announced in a Federal Register Notice.  The Commission’s  Compliance Division of the Office of General Counsel negotiated the proposed agreement to settle staff allegations that the Firm knowingly failed to report in a timely manner under section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), 15 U.S.C. § 2064(b),  information regarding children’s garments with drawstrings.   Section 20(a)(1) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2069(a)(1), permits the imposition of civil penalties for any person who knowingly violates section 19(a)(4) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2068(a)(4), by  failing to report information under section 15(b).


Commissioners Voting

Commissioners voting by ballot. Ballot vote due March 25, 2014. 

  • Acting Chairman Robert S. Adler
  • Commissioner Marietta S. Robinson
  • Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle