After six years of legal battle with the federal government, we've finally – somehow – won. The war on magnetic spheres is over. Last week, a Colorado Judge reversed a recall decision in our favor. Wanted to drop a big thanks for all the support we've received from the reddit community.
It's been a minute since our last update, so here's a summary: we sell shiny ultra-precise neodymium magnets balls that are fun, but are bad for your health if ingested.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission was bent on getting Zen Magnets and Neoballs off the market because they are a hazard to children, even though we never sold them as kids toys. We got sued for a mandatory recall, while at the same time the CPSC banned the entire product category nationwide for all ages. Every other US company settled or stopped selling, including the Buckyballs company.
As a rule of thumb, brawling a deep pocketed Federal Agency is an exercise in futility. "Fuck it, we'll sleep with less regret," or so we thought. Because magnets are perfectly safe if not ingested, and the right to read warnings was worth standing up for. Oh, and the CPSC lied about the injury data. (Worst case scenario, [f]unemployment means the steam library gets more attention ~_~) Admittedly, really wanted to see the CPSC lose.
Three simultaneous lawsuits, multiple near-insolvencies, 500 pounds of oven burnt magnets, and a blizzard of legal motions later, we've come out the other end scathed but alive – and as enthusiastic as ever. We've had more success fighting the CPSC than any company in 33 years, by a long shot and have made it this far in no small part due to the redditors that have supported us financially and morally, for whom we feel so much appreciation. THANK YOU!!
More info on legal details and our outlook in the Zen Magnets Announcement
TL;DR: Magnets must be respected, but need not be feared.