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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

Cocamide-DEA Causing Prop. 65 Headaches for Personal Care Products Companies

When Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) warning requirements took effect for a common ingredient in shampoo and skincare products this past June, the plaintiffs’ bar took notice. To date, 29 notices of violation have issued to dozens...more

Malibu High School Teachers Letter to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Regarding their Concern that...

Malibu High School Teachers Letter to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Regarding their Concern that Contaminants at Malibu High School are Causing Cancer. A letter signed by 20 Malibu Middle and...more

Proposition 65 Reform Efforts Drawing Strong Support From Legislature and Governor

There may be reforms coming to Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) after several previous failed attempts and a growing chorus of complaints from business large and small over the years concerning the unfairness of the law, which was...more

California’s Sweeping Green Chemistry Regulations One Step Closer to Reality

As we’ve previously reported here, California is close to finalizing regulations to implement the “Safer Consumer Products Regulations” enacted by the Legislature and signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. On...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

CWP 4750 of 2013 [Hemant Goswami vs. Union of India]

PIL - Ban Identified Carcinogens

The Writ petition is about the unrestricted commercial availability of many substances which are labelled as Group 1 (Class A) or Group 2A/2B Carcinogens (Sure-shot Cancer causing agents) by the WHO IARC (International Agency...more

States Move Forward With ‘Green Chemistry’ Chemical Reporting Laws And Incur Confusion, Potentially Significant Costs in Their...

Originally published in Toxics Law Reporter on 12/13/2012. As part of the ‘‘Green Chemistry’’ craze over the last few years, numerous states across the country have considered or enacted laws mandating companies selling...more

Consumer Product Alert: California Revises Draft Green Chemistry Regulations

On January 29, 2013, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released revisions to the next generation of its proposed consumer product regulations. The draft regulations set out the details of California’s...more

Compliance Update: REACH, Q4 2011

The latest enacted, amended, and revised REACH requirements; proposed REACH requirements; and REACH enforcement actions in Q4 2011. Includes proposed amendments and new restrictions on lead and mercury; recommendations on...more

Shawn Collins - Don't Trust What Polluters Say

This is an article by environmental litigator Shawn Collins discussing his experience in environmental class action cases, and why homeowners cannot afford to trust what the polluting companies say. Their lawyers or public...more

Winston & Strawn's Greater China Law Update

Winston & Strawn's Greater China Law Update is a bi-monthly publication covering relevant legal, financial, and economic topics that affect the Chinese and Hong Kong marketplaces....more

BP Oil Spill - Shoot First and Ask Questions Later

This article discusses the BP Oil spill and the race to the courthouse by attorneys. It's all about the money....more

BP Oil Spill - Greed

This article discusses the greed of lawyers and BP. The attorneys want to be first to control the mass tort litigation in order to make more money. BP put profits over safety. At $6 billion profit last quarter, they could...more

Lawsuits, Lawsuits Everywhere

This article takes the BP Oil case and relates it to other cases. It is an attempt to make people think about lawsuits. Does a lawsuit always have to be filed? No. In fact, most attorney make a run at trying to resolve...more

BP Oil Spill - The Sharks are Circling

This article discusses the BP Oil spill and the attempts to gain by lawyers and attorneys. It is an attempt to make people think about whether they need to rush to take legal action....more

Congress Introduces Significant New U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Legislation

On April 15, 2010, both Houses of Congress introduced legislation aimed at revamping the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). As explained in more detail below, if adopted as written, this legislation could impose...more

Gadolinium Litigation

NSF: The Man-Made Disease, The Litigation Swell And The Lives Lost

Read the background on the disease, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, gadolinium-based contrast agents and the renally impaired and the enormous litigation swell that has surfaced as a result. ...more

Phase 1 Environmental Report in Commercial Real Estate

A Phase 1 Environmental Report is necessary in any commercial real estate purchase and sale....more

Greening of Consumer Products - December 10, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Toy makers settle lead-contaminated toy lawsuit in California *Consumer advocacy groups file lawsuit challenging CPSC’s phthalates ruling *Obama team to meet with advocates pushing for BPA ban *WebMD...more

Murky Waters

The article reviews and explains the holding of In re Groundwater Cases (2007), 154 Cal. App. 4th 659. This precedent setting case outlines the extent to which a private or municipal drinking water system in California may...more

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