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 October 2, 2012
On October 2, 2012, Dr. Anthony Held, a TCG client, obtained approval of an unparalleled settlement with manufacturers of Halloween costumes, accessories, and décor. Through the settlement manufacturers have agreed to reformulate their products to virtually eliminate the presence of seven chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm including: arsenic, cadmium, phthalates, formaldehyde, and lead. The Chanler Group represents citizen enforcers who, acting in the public interest,  ... full text
posted on September 27, 2012
On September 27, 2012, having previously approved an unprecedented settlement obtained by TCG clients Dr. Anthony Held and John Moore from more than 100 manufacturers, distributers, and retailers of fashion accessories, the San Francisco Superior Court approved the plaintiffs' recovery of $2.3 million in attorneys' fees after finding the amount was reasonable under California law.  The Chanler Group represents citizen enforcers who, acting in the public interest,  enforce each... full text
posted on August 30, 2012
Does the California Attorney General's Office have the power to unilaterally rewrite state law to require that Proposition 65 plaintiffs provide a whopping 45 days' notice for motions to approve settlements, instead of the statutorily allowed 16 days' notice? Dr. Anthony Held, Russell Brimer, and John Moore, clients of TCG, have challenged the Attorney General's regulation (11 CCR - 3003), which does re-write statutory law for these motions, contending that this regulation... full text
posted on August 10, 2012
Beginning in late-2005, Dr. Whitney Leeman, a client of The Chanler Group, began investigating risks to human health from cancer-causing chemicals found in flame-cooked hamburgers sold in restaurants.  When meat is cooked over an open flame, chemicals called polycyclic—pronounced polly ∙ sigh ∙ click—aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs for short, are formed.  PAHs include several different chemicals, including benzo[a]pyrene (“BaP”), one of the most potent PAH... full text
posted on July 31, 2012
In early July 2012, Dr. Whitney Leeman, a client of TCG, began issuing Proposition 65 notices to restaurants and resorts selling flame-cooked burgers containing chemicals known to cause cancer. These efforts are a continuation of Dr. Leeman's ongoing work, which she commenced more than seven years ago, to reduce or eliminate toxins in flame-cooked burgers. It was in late 2005 that Dr. Leeman began investigating risks to human health from cancer-causing chemicals found in flame-cooked... full text
posted on July 25, 2012
On July 25 2012, in a case brought by Dr. Anthony Held, a client of TCG, involving allegations of phthalates in pedicure and manicure kits, the Marin County Superior Court denied Defendant Kiss Nail's motion for summary judgment, finding that Kiss's scientific expert failed to provide an evidentiary basis for his opinion. At the same hearing, Dr. Held obtained further rulings in his favor on other matters before the Court in this case. The Court granted Dr. Held's motion to file an... full text