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US watch: There may be trouble ahead for Home Depot

Lloyd Gastwirth explains how the legal issues affecting the US's home repair giant is of relevance to UK practitioners

22 February 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) recently released some incredibly disturbing news. It seems the home repair giant, Home Depot, has been selling recalled goods. Between the items the company left on its shelves and offered directly to consumers - as well as those given to salvage companies which may have been sold - some 2,300 units have been distributed. Unknowing consumers run the risk of being shocked, burned, cut, or worse, depending on the product they purchased.

The list of recalled products is extensive and not limited to items purchased directly from Home Depot itself. As is the case with many retailers, the company offers stock that does not sell to recyclers and salvagers, which may then sell these products on. However, the CSPC was unclear as to which companies received the recalled goods, as many may have wound up at liquidation stores or sold by third-party vendors.

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