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California Prosecutors Settle PHI Breach with Retailer

Beginning in 2012, California environmental regulators and others began investigating the grocery store chain Safeway relating to the company’s waste disposal practices. During the investigation, certain documents listing...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of October 2014

As expected, this week blew through the Columbus Day holiday and into a flurry of legislative activity. Dozens of bills went back and forth between the chambers this week, and many have already landed on the governor’s desk....more

Industry Critical of Proposed Prop 65 Regulations

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) 2014 proposed regulations to revise Proposition 65 warnings has been widely panned by industry critics. The overhaul was requested by Governor...more

Update: Vermont Legislature Passes Toxic Chemicals Bill

Last month, we wrote about the toxic chemicals legislation bouncing between the Vermont House and Senate. On May 9, 2014, the Vermont Legislature gave final approval to the bill, S.239, which gives the Vermont Department of...more

New Laws for the New Year

Nationwide, more than two hundred new laws will take effect January 1, according to Ovid attorney Steven Getman. In some states, the new laws include legalization of gay marriages and marijuana usage. In New York...more

Product Liability Advisory - November 2012: BPA Linked to Adverse Reproduction Effects in Rhesus Monkeys

A recent study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” found that Bisphenol A (BPA) can adversely affect fetal development in rhesus monkeys. The study’s findings raise concerns regarding BPA...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

Are Consumer Class Actions Coming to the European Union?

In a potential move towards U.S.-style class actions, the European Commission (“EC” or “the Commission”) recently launched an initiative seeking public comments about potential options for collective redress in the European...more

California Revises Proposed Green Chemistry Regulation in Response to Comments

On November 16, 2010, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) issued revisions to its proposed Safer Consumer Product Alternatives regulations. In response to comments, DTSC made a number of significant...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

Cadmium Levels in Consumer Products Scrutinized

According to recent news reports, cadmium has been reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission("CPSC") and others as being present in many consumer products. Cadmium has been identified by the Center for Disease...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

Greening of Consumer Products

In this issue: *Study links high levels of phthalates with changes in male anatomy *U.S. chemical industry moving towards bio-based products *EPA plan to update chemical inventory could lead to more paperwork *The...more

Greening of Consumer Products - July 23, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Congress closer to passing sweeping consumer product safety legislation *Green consumer guide offers tips on avoiding deceptive product labeling *Bill seeks to ban PVC packaging in...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 25, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Former leader of Greenpeace argues against PVC ban in California *$33 billion U.S. children's product industry put in regulatory bind *Procter & Gamble spent $733,000 lobbying advertising guidelines,...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 18, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *California sues 'Natural' companies over carcinogenic chemical was found in over 100 'organic' soaps *Government experts, lawmakers clash over the safety of BPA *FDA official says plastic bottles...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 4, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Toxic packaging bill moves to the Senate *Legislators encouraging Congress to ban phthalates from toys and childcare products *Playtex sued in Arkansas, could spark class action lawsuit over bisphenol...more

Greening of Consumer Products - March 28, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *California Senate debates move that would extend its ban on Phthalates in toys throughout the US *Green Product Focus ..Not so squeaky clean: a study of phthalates in toys *2.4 million more potentially...more

REACH: A Timely Overview

A major focus of REACH is to provide much more data on the hazards and risks of chemicals. Each company will need to develop a business strategy for REACH compliance. On Dec. 18, 2006, the European Union (EU) passed a new...more

New EPA Reporting Requirements for Lead in Children's Products (Ages 14 and Under)

In the wake of multiple recalls of children’s toys, jewelry and other household articles, and under pressure from environmental advocacy groups to exercise its regulatory authorities under the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

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