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The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

by Downey Brand LLP on

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the...more

Beyond Licensing: Prop 65 Liability Risks for California Cannabis Companies

California has finally ushered in the era of state-licensed cannabis, and cannabis is now a commercial product much like any other (well, at least in the state’s eyes). Forward-thinking companies will not rest on their...more

California Grocer: Brewing Debate in California Proposition 65 Coffee Action Coming to a Close

by Downey Brand LLP on

For the past six years, a collection of coffee brewers and retailers have been embroiled in a legal battle with Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) over whether certain coffee products sold in California must...more

WARNING: Prop 65 Has Changed – If Your Product Is Sold In California Or You Do Business In California, Pay Attention

What is Prop 65? - Prop 65 is a California law that requires California consumers receive warnings regarding the presence of chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The law is highly technical, constantly...more

Prop 65: 9 chemicals added to California’s list for required warnings

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

During 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added nine compounds to its list of chemicals that product manufacturers are required by law to disclose to consumers. The disclosure...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

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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

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

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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

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

EPA Selects First 10 Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

by King & Spalding on

A Set of "Blueprints" for Future Reviews? - In satisfaction of a mid-December deadline under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has issued the required initial list of ten “high...more

EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

Every four years, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in the U.S. in quantities greater than 25,000 lbs./year by site must submit detailed manufacturing, processing and use information on each of these...more

A Proposition 65 Violation May Be Lurking in Your Cash Register Receipt

Many consumer-facing businesses have learned to identify high-risk Prop 65 targets: soft, flexible plastics; faux and colored leathers; and any kind of brass or metal that may contain lead or other heavy metals. But...more

Grace Period Ends Soon for California Companies with Products Containing BPA

by Polsinelli on

On May 11, 2016 products that contain Bisphenol A (BPA) manufactured, sold or distributed in California, without a proper warning, will be fair game for a Notice of Intent to Sue issued under the state’s Safe Drinking Water...more

Prop. 65 Warning Requirement for BPA Takes Effect May 11

by Bryan Cave on

The California Proposition 65 warning requirement for Bisphenol-A (BPA) takes effect on May 11, 2016. After May 10, products that contain BPA sold in California without a Prop. 65 warning could subject retailers,...more

Volkswagen Defeated?

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, on September 18, 2015, the EPA issued a News Release revealing that Volkswagen Group of America (“Volkswagen”) sold cars incorporating a “defeat device” as defined in the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) to purposefully evade...more

HCS: OSHA Publishes Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard

On May 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the "Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date" (Interim...more

Court Of Appeal Upholds “Safe Harbor” Exemption From Prop 65 Warnings For Lead In Fruit Products

In a much anticipated decision, a California Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court ruling for the defense, finding that trace levels of lead in packaged fruits, vegetables and fruit juice products require no Proposition 65...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court's misapplication of the pollution exclusion and disregard for policyholders' business and purpose in...

by Reed Smith on

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two opinions in which it held that pollution exclusions barred coverage for third-party claims resulting from alleged contamination of water due to the seepage of cow manure and...more

California Earthquake: “Proposition 65” About to be Rocked?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s “Proposition 65” warning requirements (Health & Safety Code Sections 25249.6 et seq.) have long been a major concern for businesses that want their products offered for sale in the State’s large marketplace....more

Proposition 65 May Mean More Than Warning Signs and Lawsuits

As this space has discussed, Proposition 65 has been the subject of attempts by the California Legislature to reform the enforcement of the law. Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment...more

Proposition 65 Plaintiff Group Seeks to Rescind “Safe Harbor” Standard for Lead

Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation, which has a long history as a Proposition 65 plaintiff, filed a writ petition earlier this week seeking to challenge and rescind the “safe harbor” level for lead under Proposition 65. ...more

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, businesses should not lose sight of what the Proposition 65 “bounty hunter” plaintiffs’ lawyers are eagerly awaiting. And that’s the opportunity to send out 60-Day Notice letters...more

‘Chemical (Over)reaction’?: States Push for Tighter Regulation of Consumer Products

by LeClairRyan on

The chemical wars are in full swing. And for consumer products and chemicals manufacturers, victory on the regulatory front is by no means a foregone conclusion. Progressive legislators in states such as California,...more

Policyholders with Long-Tail Claims Under Liberty Mutual Policies Should Be Prepared for 'Sea Change' in Claims Handling After...

by Reed Smith on

On July 17, 2014, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company announced that it had entered into a multi-billion-dollar “retroactive reinsurance” arrangement with National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway,...more

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