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 June 9, 2016
Far East Brokers has initiated a recall of its children’s chairs and swings because the screen-printing on the exterior fabric contains lead in excess of the federal standard.  The chairs and swings have metal frames and pink polyester fabric on which are large red butterfly images and other colorful designs.  The chairs and swings were sold at Weis Markets, wholesale distributors, grocery stores, and drug stores nationwide from January 2016 through April 2016 for between $10... full text
posted on June 7, 2016
John Moore has negotiated a settlement with Novelty, Inc. in regards to allegations that Novelty sold earphones with cords 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 California requires companies offering products for sale that contain DEHP to provide consumers with a “clear and reasonable” warning of the risk of exposure. In addition... full text
posted on June 2, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has negotiated a settlement with major upscale department store Dillard’s regarding alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Dr. Leeman alleged that Dillard’s violated Proposition 65 by selling manicure cases that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without a Proposition 65 warning.  Proposition 65 requires companies offering products for sale that contain DEHP to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning to consumers that the product may... full text
posted on May 27, 2016
Dr. Anthony E. Held, John Moore, and Laurence Vinocur have issued 18 new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as hand tools, sunscreen, and electrical tape 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 chemicals DEHP, the heavy metal lead, and/or the chemical benzophenone,... full text
posted on May 24, 2016
TCG attorney Brian Johnson shredded guitar in a "Battle of the Bands" style fundraising concert at last week's Fourth Annual Law Rocks San Francisco.  His band, Generator, raised over $4000 for the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, which provides free civil legal services to low-income San Mateo County residents. Collectively, the event raised over $100,000 for various organizations, including the SF Marin Food Bank, the East Bay College Fund, and the Immigrant... full text
posted on May 20, 2016
Paul Wozniak has negotiated settlements with Acme International Enterprises, Franklin Financial Management, and East Bay Restaurant Supply regarding allegations that the companies sold nylon cooking utensils containing the chemical 4,4'-methylenedianiline ("4,4'-MDA") without the requisite health hazard warning.  4,4'-MDA is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and under Proposition 65 law, companies offering products for sale that contain 4,4'-MDA... full text
posted on May 18, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has reached a settlement with Paradies Gifts regarding alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Leeman alleged that Paradies Gifts sold vinyl/PVC ponchos 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 other reproductive harm, and companies offering products for sale that contain DEHP are required to provide consumers with a "clear and reasonable"... full text
posted on May 13, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court against Occunomix International LLC, alleging that Occunomix violated Proposition 65 by selling safety vests that contain 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. Dr. Leeman seeks civil penalties and an injunction to prohibit Occunomix from selling safety vests that contain DEHP in... full text
posted on May 6, 2016
Our client Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. has settled with Shiseido Americas Corporation and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. regarding alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Dr. Held alleged that Shiseido and Johnson & Johnson sold SPF products (such as sunscreen, lip balm, lotions containing sunscreen, etc.) that contained the chemical benzophenone, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, without the requisite health hazard warning. In addition to paying civil... full text
posted on April 29, 2016
TCG clients Dr. Anthony E. Held and Laurence Vinocur have issued 18 new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as disposable gloves, sunscreen, and fuel pump nozzles 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 chemicals DEHP and DINP, the heavy metal lead, and/or the chemical... full text