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 March 1, 2016
Laurence Vinocur has successfully negotiated a settlement with Poetry Corporation for alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Vinocur alleged that Poetry sold belts that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the requisite health hazard warning.  DEHP is a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. As part of the settlement agreement, Poetry has agreed to sell only belts reformulated to be virtually free of DEHP after March... full text
posted on February 23, 2016
Dr. Anthony E. Held has filed a complaint against ICON Health & Fitness, alleging violations of Proposition 65.  Dr. Held alleges that ICON sold exercise mats 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. In addition to civil penalties, Dr. Held seeks an injunction to prevent ICON from selling exercise mats in California without a Proposition 65... full text
posted on February 19, 2016
Dr. Whitney Leeman has filed a complaint against Home Essentials & Beyond, alleging that Home Essentials sold glass canisters, jars, and mugs with exterior designs that contained lead without a Proposition 65 warning to consumers.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.  Home Essentials & Beyond products are sold in major national retailers such as Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond, and online sites such as Wayfair... full text
posted on February 17, 2016
Paul Wozniak has negotiated a settlement with national retail company Big Lots in regards to alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Wozniak alleged that Big Lots sold nylon cooking utensils that contained the chemical 4,4'-MDA, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, without the requisite health hazard warning. In addition to paying civil penalties, Big Lots has agreed to sell only nylon cooking utensils that have been reformulated to be virtually free of 4,4'-... full text
posted on February 12, 2016
Laurence Vinocur has successfully negotiated a settlement with Marmot Mountain in regard to allegations that Marmot Mountain sold tents whose fabrics contained the flame retardant TDCPP without the requisite health hazard warning.  TDCPP is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and companies offering products for sale that contain TDCPP must provide consumers with a warning of the risk of exposure. In addition to paying civil penalties, Marmot has agreed to sell in California... full text
posted on February 9, 2016
KHS America has issued a recall of its 8-Note Monkey Glockenspiel because the pink metal note bar may contain levels of lead that exceed federal safety standards.  Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm, and ingested lead can cause adverse health effets. The instrument has eight metal bars in multiple colors mounted on a wooden base that is shaped like a monkey.  Consumers are urged to immediately remove the pink bar... full text
posted on February 5, 2016
Russell Brimer has entered into a settlement agreement with Orgill in regard to alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Brimer alleged that Orgill sold vinyl/PVC-coated padlocks that contained the phthalate chemical DEHP without the Proposition 65 warning required by law.  DEHP is a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. Orgill has agreed to pay civil penalties and to sell only padlocks that have been reformulated to be... full text
posted on February 3, 2016
Laurence Vinocur has filed a complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court against national housewares chain Bed Bath & Beyond alleging violations of Proposition 65.  Vinocur alleges that Bed Bath & Beyond sold children's play tents containing the flame retardant chemical TDCPP, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, without the required Proposition 65 warning. In addition to civil penalties, Vinocur seeks an injunction to prohibit Bed Bath & Beyond... full text
posted on February 2, 2016
Paul Wozniak has negotiated a settlement with popular department store chain Nordstrom in regards to alleged violations of Proposition 65.  Wozniak had alleged that Nordstrom sold drinking glasses with exterior designs that contained the heavy metal lead, known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm, without the requisite health hazard warning. Besides paying civil penalties, Nordstrom has also agreed to provide Proposition 65 warnings on any... full text
posted on January 29, 2016
Our client Russell Brimer has issued 12 new 60-Day Notices of Violation of Proposition 65 to companies offering products such as audio cables, exercise balls, and ceramic mugs in California that contain chemicals known to the State to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm without the requisite health hazard warning.  Brimer alleges that the companies’ products contain the phthalate chemical DEHP and/or the heavy metal lead, both of which are known to the State of California to cause... full text