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The Post ran two consumer stories today that you shouldn't miss. First, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is voting today on a rule that would restrict consumers from seeking damages under state laws governing faulty products in the case of mattresses that catch fire, the most recent rule changes undertaken by several agencies.

Second, the federal government yesterday issued an official definition of whole-grain foods. The long-awaited nutritional guidance is designed to help consumers sort through a confusing -- and sometimes misleading -- array of foods that purport to contain whole grains but often do not.

2 p.m. Update: Also worth noting from The Kansas City Star: "California's attorney general sued H&R Block Inc. on Wednesday, alleging that the Kansas City firm's marketing of income tax refund anticipation loans violates California and federal laws."

By Stacey Garfinkle |  February 16, 2006; 2:00 PM ET Consumer News
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The UCC is really a wonderful, effective, and UNIFORM set of rules throughout the land, albeit enacted state by state. Why would the CPSC seek to preempt it? This federal agency is setting minimum standards, not the only standard. No liability at all if you comply with the standard? What if in a year or 2 everyone becomes aware that the CPSC made a mistake and it is obvious that the mattresses made in conformity with the rule ARE dangerous and that it is cleary and grossly negligent to continue making such a mattress? Oh well, cannot rely on one of the few state level true success stories (UCC), oh no, must have that dangerous mattress or car roof or whatever. Why fix a system (UCC) that is not broken?

Posted by: UCC | February 16, 2006 4:18 PM

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Posted by: John | August 23, 2006 1:47 PM

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