Prop 65/Environmental Blog

In 1986, the California electorate overwhelmingly passed Proposition 65, formally known as “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.”  In enacting Proposition 65, the electorate explicitly found that California state agencies had failed to protect Californians from hazardous chemicals that pose a serious potential threat to their health and well-being...
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posted on February 21, 2017
Yamaha Corporation of America has issued a recall for piano benches sold with Yamaha grand pianos.  The interior compartment of the piano bench uses paint that has been found to contain lead in excess of federal standards.  Consumers are urged to remove the benches and contact Yamaha Corporation of America for instructions on returning the benches for a free replacement. The recalled benches are brown wood with a brown padded leather seat and a compartment under the seat.  The... full text
posted on February 2, 2017
Anthony E. Held, Russell Brimer, and Whitney R. Leeman have issued 20 new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as dried teas, gloves, and children's furniture in California that contain chemicals known to the State to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm without the requisite health hazard warning.  Our clients allege that the companies’ products contain the phthalate chemical DEHP and/or the heavy metal lead, both of which are known... full text
posted on January 13, 2017
Peter Englander has filed a complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court against Lyman Products Corporation alleging that the company sold brass hammer pins that contained the heavy metal lead without the requisite health hazard warning.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm, and Proposition 65 requires that companies offering products for sale in California that contain lead must provide consumers with a "clear... full text
posted on January 3, 2017
Laurence Vinocur has filed a complaint in Alameda County Superior Court against Honeywell International alleging that the company sold gloves with vinyl/PVC components that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DEHP is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm, and Proposition 65 requires that companies offering products for sale in California that contain DEHP must provide consumers with a "... full text
posted on December 29, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has issued 15 more 60-Day Notices of Proposition 65 violation against tea distributors, including Yamamoto of Orient, Eden Foods, and International Coffee & Tea.  Dr. Leeman alleges that the companies sold dried teas in California that contained the heavy metal lead without the requisite health hazard warning.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm. See our most recent 60-Day Notices.   full text
posted on December 20, 2016
Russell Brimer has filed a complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court against Northern Brewer, LLC, alleging that the company sold vinyl/PVC hoses and tools with vinyl/PVC grips that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DEHP is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm, and Proposition 65 requires that companies offering products for sale in California that contain DEHP must provide consumers... full text
posted on November 7, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has issued more 60-Day Notices of Proposition 65 violation against tea distributors, including Ten Ren Tea Co., Starwest Botanicals, and Hsin Tung Yang Foods.  Dr. Leeman alleges that the companies sold dried teas in California that contained the heavy metal lead without the requisite health hazard warning.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm. See our most recent 60-Day Notices.   full text
posted on October 18, 2016
Peter Englander has issued a dozen new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as gloves with vinyl/PVC components, headphones, and shower hoses in California that contain chemicals known to the State to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm without the requisite health hazard warning.  Englander alleges that the companies’ products contain the phthalate chemical DEHP, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other... full text
posted on September 30, 2016
Laurence Vinocur has issued over a dozen new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as gloves with vinyl/PVC components, mugs with exterior designs, and hand tools in California that contain chemicals known to the State to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm without the requisite health hazard warning.  Vinocur alleges that the companies’ products contain the phthalate chemical DEHP, the phthalate chemical DINP, the flame retardant... full text
posted on September 14, 2016
John Moore has filed a complaint in Alameda County Superior Court against U.S. Jaclean, alleging that the company sold exercise balls that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DEHP is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm, and Proposition 65 requires that companies offering products for sale in California that contain DEHP must provide consumers with a "clear and reasonable" warning of... full text