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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

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

Amendment to Prop 65 Provides Businesses a Grace Period: AB 227 Aims to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits and Excessive Penalties

Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 227 into law, which amends California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, otherwise known as Proposition 65. Prop 65 provides that businesses may not expose...more

California Governor Proposes Reforms to Proposition 65, Seeks To Prevent Abuse of Statute by "Unscrupulous Lawyers"

California Governor Edmund Brown has added his voice to a number of California legislators calling for an overhaul of the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – better known as Proposition 65 (the...more

Proposition 65 Private Party Settlement Guidance Provides Clarity and a Limitation on Releases in the Public Interest

In January, the Attorney General released a guidance document that details what the state will and will not approve in future private Proposition 65 lawsuit settlements. This guidance provides clarity to both plaintiffs and...more

A Comment on the EU's Working Paper: "Towards a Coherent European Approach to Collective Redress"

Earlier this year, the Commission Staff of the European Union issued a Staff Working Document seeking public comment on the topic "Towards a Coherent European Approach to Collective Redress." In an individual capacity,...more

The "Naturally Occurring" Defense In Proposition 65 Cases Involving Food Products

California's Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide reasonable warnings before knowingly and intentionally exposing individuals to chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. This duty to...more

An Exaggerated And Ill-Conceived Sense Of Risk: The Ephemeral Nature Of California’s Proposition 65

A comprehensive review of the structure and function of California's Proposition 65 and its impact upon the business community. ...more

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