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 April 26, 2016
Russell Brimer has filed a complaint against FAM, LLC, alleging that FAM violated Proposition 65 by selling exercise balls containing 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 Proposition 65 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 to... full text
posted on April 22, 2016
Mark Moorberg has reached a settlement with Gartner Studios regarding allegations that Gartner sold notebooks with vinyl/PVC covers 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 must provide consumers with a Proposition 65 warning. In addition to civil penalties, Moorberg secured a reformulation... full text
posted on April 19, 2016
Members of The Chanler Group will be at the 4th Annual Law Rocks San Francisco, a "Battle of the Bands" style fundraiser featuring bands comprised of members of the legal profession.  Generator, a classic rock band featuring TCG attorney Brian Johnson on guitar, will be raising money for the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, which provides free civil legal services to low-income San Mateo County residents.  In 2013, Generator raised over $2000 for the San... full text
posted on April 12, 2016
Paul Wozniak has negotiated a settlement with Harold Import Company, resolving allegations that Harold sold nylon cooking utensils containing the chemical 4,4'-MDA without the requisite health hazard warning.  4,4'-MDA is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, and under Proposition 65 law, companies offering products for sale that contain 4,4'-MDA must provide consumers with a "clear and reasonable" warning of the risk of exposure. In addition to... full text
posted on April 6, 2016
Dr. Whitney R. Leeman has filed a complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court against Frankford Candy LLC, alleging that Frankford Candy violated Proposition 65 by selling mugs with exterior designs containing the heavy metal lead without a health hazard warning to consumers.  Proposition 65 requires that companies offering products for sale in California that contain lead, a chemical known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm, must provide consumers with... full text
posted on March 29, 2016
Dr. Anthony Held has issued dozens of 60-Day Notices of Proposition 65 Violation to sunscreen manufacturers and retailers, alleging that they offered octocrylene-containing sunscreens to consumers in California without the requisite health hazard warning.  Octocrylene contains benzophenone, which is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.   full text
posted on March 24, 2016
TCG clients Dr. Anthony E. Held and Peter Englander have issued 13 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
posted on March 22, 2016
Dr. Anthony Held has filed a complaint in Alameda County Superior Court against medical supplies distributor Smarthealth, Inc., alleging that Smarthealth sold disposable gloves in California that contained the phthalate chemical DINP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DINP is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and companies offering products for sale that contain DINP must provide consumers with a warning of the risk of exposure. In addition to civil penalties, Dr... full text
posted on March 16, 2016
Peter Englander has negotiated a settlement with NuWorld Corporation over alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Englander alleged that NuWorld sold eye shadow compacts 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 the law requires companies offering products for sale that contain DEHP to provide consumers with a... full text
posted on March 11, 2016
Leeman filed a complaint against Beam Suntory, the makers of Jim Beam, Courvoisier, and Maker’s Mark, alleging violations of Proposition 65 in its glassware sold in California.  Leeman alleges that Beam Suntory sold drinking glasses with exterior designs that contained excessive lead without the requisite health hazard warning to consumers.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. In addition to civil penalties,... full text