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U.S. Customs And Border Protection Announces Three New Members Of Commercial Targeting And Analysis Center

Participating agencies jointly target commercial imports that threaten health and safety - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last week that three additional Federal agencies have formally joined the...more

European NGOs Publish Position Paper on the Regulation of Nanomaterials

Earlier this month, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and its European partners published a position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials at a meeting of the European Union (EU) competent authorities....more

California Proposition 65 Caramel Coloring Suits

This January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report entitled “Caramel Color: The health risk that may be in your soda” detailing its investigation of the presence of...more

Out of the Box: Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - California Announces First Consumer Products Subjected To New Green Chemistry Rules - FDA Issues Final Guidance Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages - Private Surgeon General...more

Proposition 65 Hot Button Issue: Caramel Coloring in Soft Drinks

Beverage companies PepsiCo and Goya face a spate of class action lawsuits relating to the caramel coloring in their soda drinks. In January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report...more

Delayed Discovery Cannot Cure Defective Pre-Litigation Investigations for Proposition 65 Suits

A California appellate court recently determined that a consumer group’s failure to conduct required pre-litigation investigations of several restaurant chains’ alleged Proposition 65 violations warranted dismissal of the...more

Global Regulatory Update for March 2014

Canada Begins Consultation On Potential Amendments To The E2 Regulations: On March 10, 2014, Canada began a public consultation on potential amendments to the Environmental Emergency (E2) regulations. Canada states that the...more

Monthly Update for March 2014

EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Updates EDSP Comprehensive Management Plan: On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)...more

EPA Stops Sale of Unregistered Food Containers Containing Nanosilver

On March 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it issued an order to Pathway Investment Corp. of Englewood, New Jersey to stop the sale of plastic food storage containers that have not been...more

DTSC Announces Initial Priority Products Under Green Chemistry Regulations

The next phase of California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations (SCPR), also known as the Green Chemistry regulations, began on March 13, 2014, with the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s announcement of the three...more

California Identifies the First Consumer Products for Assessment under its Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) took an important step in implementing its Safer Consumer Products program by identifying the first three consumer products that will be targeted for scrutiny. More...more

Warning – California proposes major changes for Proposition 65 warnings: take part in the process

The California agency that implements Proposition 65 – perhaps the nation’s highest-profile consumer product toxics law – has proposed far-reaching changes to the now-familiar warnings required under that statute. ...more

Environmental Law - Mar 14, 2014: California Proposes Inaugural List of Priority Products to Be Regulated by the Safer Consumer...

After years in the making, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its list of the first group of Priority Products it proposes to regulate under the California Safer Consumer Products...more

California Announces First Draft Priority Products under Safer Consumer Products Regulations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced on March 13, 2014, the first draft Priority Products (PP) under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR). The three draft PPs are...more

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Draft TSCA Reform Legislation

On March 12, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing focused on the discussion draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA). On February 27, 2014, Representative John...more

Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Must Take Action Following DTSC Reveal of Priority Products

Once again, California is on the leading edge of environmental programs. An approaching April 1, 2014, deadline for publication of a “Priority Products List” under “Safer Consumer Products Regulations” that first went into...more

Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Must Take Action Following DTSC Reveal of Priority Products [Video]

Once again, California is on the leading edge of environmental programs. Allen Matkins attorney Kamran Javandel discusses the approaching April 1, 2014, deadline for publication of a “Priority Products List” under “Safer...more

California Green Chemistry Initiative’s coming Priority Products list, and the DTSC Strategic Plan: what do they mean for you?

The highly anticipated next step in California’s Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) is the planned April 2014 release of the list of Priority Products that will be first in the spotlight for chemical regulatory scrutiny,...more

California’s Governor Brown earmarks funds for Prop 65 regulations but the threat of unnecessary litigation remains

California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, finally has the attention of legislators and the governor’s office and is undergoing key changes. ...more

Report of Potential Carcinogen in Soda Coloring Paves Way for High Stakes Prop. 65 Suits

Plaintiffs’ law firms are seeing green in the caramel coloring added to brand-name soft drinks. A recent Consumer Reports investigation found elevated levels of a potential carcinogen in beverages produced by two global...more

Green Chemistry And Trade Secrets: California Leads Chemical Disclosure Movement, As Companies Wrestle With Options For Protection

Earlier this year, we picked mandatory public disclosure laws as a trend to watch in 2014. Developments in California seem to bear that out, and trade secrets owners will want to keep a close eye on the “green chemistry”...more

Changes Might Be Coming to the EU’s RoHS Directive

The European Commission likely will propose an amendment to the European Union’s 2011 Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS Directive) before the summer. The Directive, which was adopted in February 2003 and...more

Doing Business in California, Proposition 65, the California Green Chemical Initiative and the Rigid Plastic Packaging Regulations [Video]

California laws and regulations are replete with California specific provisions that can trip up the out of state manufacturer, supplier or retailer of goods in the state. Manufacturing for, and selling products into the...more

The Safer Consumer Products Regulation

Depending on one’s perspective, California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, with its vast array of burdensome requirements, trade secret concerns and potential to ban certain products, will either cause business to flee from...more

Drinking Water Standards: How Fast is Fast Enough to Finalize the Chromium-6 MCL?

The race to adopt a final primary drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium ("Cr-6") is on. Exactly how long the California Department of Public Health ("DPH") has to complete its work to finalize the Cr-6 maximum...more

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