Toy Association Applauds Introduction of INFORM Consumers Act to Combat Counterfeits

inform-consumers-actJuly 23, 2020 | The Toy Association applauds today’s introduction of the INFORM Consumers Act by House Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). The bill requires online marketplaces to disclose certain verified information regarding high-volume third-party sellers of consumer products, such as toys.

“If enacted, this bill would empower consumers with the information they need to make smart online buying decisions, and is in line with The Toy Association’s ongoing advocacy and education efforts that demand action to reduce unsafe counterfeit toys sold online,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. “We commend Representatives Schakowsky and Castor for their leadership and look forward to working with them and others to promote common sense measures that provide transparency into marketplace sellers and proactively keep bad sellers off online marketplaces.”

The INFORM Consumers Act mirrors the bipartisan Senate version of the bill introduced in March, and expands on requirements in the Stop All Nefarious Toys in America Act (SANTA Act) and the SHOP SAFE Act – all supported by The Toy Association. If passed, it would put into effect recommendations from The Toy Association’s Intellectual Property Committee white paper, The Real Threat of Fake Toys, which is currently undergoing revisions for a second edition.

Members who would like to learn more or get involved with The Toy Association’s IP Committee are encouraged to contact Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs.