34-year-old entrepreneur, Craig Zucker, was living the American dream. He created a product called “Buckyballs” which is a cluster of tiny high powered magnets marketed to adults as a desk toy. Even after stamping five hazard labels on the packaging, Zucker was targeted by the government and forced to dissolve his company and take his product from shelves because his product was deemed unsafe for children.
Yes, his company dissolved and Buckyballs were removed from sheleves, but that’s not the biggest story here. AFTER all that, Zucker is now being personally sued by the federal government…what?!
To pay for his legal costs, he’s selling “Liberty Balls” – which are basically giant-sized Buckyballs. He feels that the federal government taking out a personal lawsuit against him is a massive government overreach.
Zucker has put out a series of ads for Liberty balls to stick it to the nanny-state, saying things like, “Coconuts: tasty fruit or deadly sky ballistic?” Another ad he put out says, “Stairways: are they really worth the risk?”
As the mom of a little kid who is at the age of eating hazards, I obviously want toys on the market to be as safe as possible, but Zucker’s product isn’t a children’s toy. It was never marketed for children and he jumped through all the hoops to ensure that it was properly labeled and advertised.
When my daughter was one, she swallowed the tip of an offbrand MagnaDootle pen from the dollar store. I had to take her to the ER for X-rays and search for it and all that, but I didn’t blame the toy company or the Dollar Store. These things happen. But if I were a different type of person, in my case, I very well could have blamed the toy company. My child suffered as a result of a poorly made toy that was marketed to children. But, Buckyballs aren’t toys and Zucker never claimed they were. And even if they WERE a toy, how would it make any sense to sue the toy’s CREATOR after the product was already off the market? This lawsuit makes absolutely no sense.
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