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Proposition 65 Legislative Changes Likely “Lack Merit”

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1583 into law. It was promoted as a means of reducing frivolous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits, but, as discussed below, it is doubtful that it will...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

California Enacts Legislation in an Attempt to Level the Playing Field in Proposition 65 Enforcement Actions

by Downey Brand LLP on

On October, 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced that he signed AB 1583 into law. AB 1583, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau, a democrat from Monterey Park, is intended to promote transparency in Proposition 65 private...more

Consumer Product Update - California's Green Chemistry Initiative Looks for New Products to Regulate

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced it is seeking public comment on its new 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan (Work Plan) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP)...more

Proposition 65 Warning Required for Furfuryl Alcohol as of September 30, 2017

by Downey Brand LLP on

On and after September 30, 2017, a Proposition 65 warning is required for products containing furfuryl alcohol (CAS No. 98-00-0). California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of...more

Cannabis Prop 65 Liability: Lessons Learned from the Dietary Supplement Industry

by Wilson Elser on

The cannabis industry appears to be next on the liability “hit list” under California’s notorious Proposition 65 statute. In June 2017, more than 700 Prop 65 notices were served on California cannabis businesses. Companies in...more

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Guidance: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Addresses Unused Cigars/Cigarettes

he United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a July 19th letter addressed whether: - . . . unused cigarettes and cigars made from tobacco are regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation...more

EPA Extends Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

On September 26, 2017, EPA published a final rule in the federal register extending the compliance deadlines in its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products as follows...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Evaluation of Importers' and Manufacturers'...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued an August 22nd Project Notification titled: Evaluation of Importers’ and Manufacturers’ Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substance Control...more

Last product liability claims dismissed in Massachusetts PCB suit

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Pharmacia in April persuaded a Massachusetts federal court to dismiss the last few PCB-related product liability claims in a sprawling case brought by a local school. Pharmacia succeeded by proving that injuries related to...more

WARNING! Prop 65 regulations are a year away in California. Is Your Product’s Warning Label Compliant?

by Wilson Elser on

After many years of debate, consideration and public input, California’s new regulations go into effect on August 30, 2018, under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 - commonly known as Prop 65....more

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Settlement Conferences

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Judge Lee Trying Out New Approach - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has set forth a new Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) system for San Francisco asbestos cases. She stated...more

Chemicals, Compliance and the Toxic Substances Control Act

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) required the compiling of a national register of chemicals that were manufactured in or imported into the United States for a non-exempt commercial purpose, and the first TSCA Inventory...more

Proposition 65: New “Naturally Occurring” Level Proposed for Rice

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently proposed levels of inorganic arsenic in rice that would be deemed “naturally occurring” and thus exempt from the Proposition 65 warning...more

At the One-Year Mark, the EPA’s Existing Chemical Review Process is Taking Shape: What Does That Mean for Your Business?

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of actions implementing its new authority to review the safety of chemicals already in U.S. commerce under the recently amended Toxic...more

EPA Proposes Extended Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emission Standards in Composite Wood Products

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule that would extend compliance deadlines in its Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. While this direct final rule does not address the...more

Rare Grable Removal Sighted In Missouri

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Establishing federal jurisdiction over state-law claims through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No....more

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case

by Carlton Fields on

Severe and sustained drought conditions in Florida have sparked large wildfires across the state. With thousands of acres that have already burned, and more than 100 active wildfires, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently...more

Rare Sighting of Successful Grable Removal Occurs in Missouri

Establishing federal jurisdiction through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms, Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No. 1:16-CV-299 SNLJ, 2017 WL 633815...more

California Adds New Priority Consumer Product for Green Chemistry Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s innovative Safer Consumer Products regulations, also known as the Green Chemistry Initiative, are ready for another step forward with the proposed inclusion of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Systems containing...more

TSCA Amendment: Upcoming Inventory Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Amendment), which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was signed into law. Under this amendment, EPA was authorized, amongst...more

Applying Product Liability Theory, Washington State Sues for PCB Damages

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In an effort to use product liability theories to hold manufacturers culpable for environmental releases, the Attorney General of Washington State sued PCB manufacturer Monsanto in state court in December. See Complaint,...more

EPA, CDC and CPSC Investigating Potential Health Effects of Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds

Public concern is increasing over the safety of recycled rubber tire crumb used as infill for synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. There are currently between 12,000 and 13,000 synthetic turf fields in the United States,...more

EPA Proposes Ban on Certain Uses of Trichloroethylene (TCE)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a significant proposal, EPA moves to ban the use of TCE in aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning at dry cleaning facilities, as part of a larger effort to ban TCE in other industrial uses. The U.S....more

California Issues New Guidance for Alternatives Analysis for Safer Consumer Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step forward with proposed guidance on how to perform the required “alternatives analysis” by manufacturers of certain consumer products sold in the state. The...more

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