(UPDATE: 4:07 p.m.)
With K&L Gates, Stone will face restrictions about working directly with the Consumer Products Safety Commission. He told Legal Times that he is not allowed to work on anything that he was "substantially involved with" at the agency. Stone added that while there is a one-year restriction from working directly with the CPSC that does not apply to him because he was a senior official, there is, however, a two-year restriction that prevents him from working on matters that were pending under his authority – even if he was not directly involved. Stone is permitted to provide advice to clients on all matters.
K&L Gates has brought on a new government enforcement partner in its Washington office.
Eric Stone joins the firm from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, where he worked for more than 30 years. Since 1993, he served as director of the legal division of the commission’s compliance and field operations office. In that role, Stone oversaw the recalls of tens of millions of products, including toys and other children’s items.
In a press release, K&L Gates chairman Peter Kalis said his firm anticipates “an even greater role for the CPSC in the regulation both of international commerce flowing into the U.S. and of domestically manufactured products” in the wake of recent recalls arising from the mass distribution of allegedly harmful products. He said he expects that Stone’s arrival will be valuable to clients potentially affected by those recalls.