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Assemblyman Introduces New Prop 65 Reform Bill

Assemblyman Introduces New Prop 65 Reform Bill

Bill Would Disclose Factual Basis of Prop 65 Suits

A Los Angeles area Assembly member has introduced legislation that if passed may help to level the playing field for companies that receive Proposition 65 notices of violation.
Saturday, March 25, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (290)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Fresno Judge Tentatively Rules to Dismiss Monsanto Lawsuit

Fresno Judge Tentatively Rules to Dismiss Monsanto Lawsuit

A Fresno Superior Court Judge has issued a tentative ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed by agrochemical and biotech giant Monsanto’s January 2016 lawsuit to block the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) proposed listing of Glyphosate (CAS No. 1071-83-6), the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide products.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (961)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Mondelez Settles Ginger Snap Litigation with Attorney...

Mondelez Settles Ginger Snap Litigation with Attorney...

Snack food giant Mondelez has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a Proposition 65 enforcement action that alleges consumers consumed elevated levels of lead in ginger snap cookies.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (319)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

CSIA Supporters to Clarify TSCA Bill's Preemption Provisions

Senate supporters of a bipartisan bill purporting to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are weighing several proposed amendments they hope will eventually address concerns from Senate environment committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and other opponents who fear the current language in the bill will severely limit state toxics programs.

Monday, February 03, 2014/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (4746)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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AG Sues BP and ARCO to Remediate Leaking Underground...

AG Sues BP and ARCO to Remediate Leaking Underground...

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a civil lawsuit against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company for allegedly violating state laws governing hazardous materials and hazardous waste by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 780 gas stations in California.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (555)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Electronic Cigarette Maker Agrees to Stop Marketing to...

Electronic Cigarette Maker Agrees to Stop Marketing to...

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr., on October 29, announced a Proposition 65 settlement to prevent Smoking Everywhere, one of the country's largest electronic cigarette sellers, from targeting minors and claiming that its products are are safe.

Sunday, November 14, 2010/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (110)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Will Proposition 64 Discourage Private Environmental...

Lockyer Calls the Initiative a "Weapon of Mass Destruction"

On November 2, California voters were asked whether or not to limit private enforcement of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL). They resoundingly said yes.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004/Author: Flo Dubosc/Number of views (64)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Attorney General Sues Consumer Cause, Mehrban and Family...

On June 10, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a complaint against Consumer Cause, and its principal attorney, Morse Mehrban, alleging that the organization failed to use some of the funds received from settlements for "environmental purposes." Also named in the complaint are Merbahn's mother, Rafat Efraim, Consumer Cause's president and sole shareholder, his father, Eli Mehrban, Consumer Cause's treasurer, and his wife Julie Rosolowski, Consumer Cause's secretary and the organization's only paid employee.
Sunday, October 17, 2004/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (597)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Mexican Candy Bill Killed by Democratic Assembly Caucus

Eight days after it was approved by the Senate, a bill proposing to test imported candies for lead, was killed by the Legislature on August 26, when its initial backers decided to withdraw their support during a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Assembly Caucus. Originally drafted by Assemblyman Juan Vargas before being revived by Assembly Members Marco Antonio Firebaugh, John Longville and Lou Correra,  Assembly Bill 2451 would have required the state to test candies with chili or tamarind fruit, most of which are coming from Mexico. The bill provided that sweets containing more than 0.2 parts per million of lead would be removed from store shelves.
Thursday, September 16, 2004/Author: Flo Dubosc/Number of views (113)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Toy Jewelry Recalled Over Concerns of Lead Poisoning,...

Four import companies have voluntarily recalled 150 million pieces of toy jewelry sold in vending machines over concerns that some of it could pose a risk of lead poisoning, federal regulators said.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (455)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Attorney General Lockyer Files Lawsuit to Reduce Global...

(LOS ANGELES) – Attorney General Bill Lockyer today filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against five major utilities, alleging global warming constitutes a public nuisance that threatens California with widespread harm, that the defendants have contributed to the nuisance as the nation’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide, and seeking reductions in the companies’ global warming pollution. 
Tuesday, July 20, 2004/Author: Jack Schatz/Number of views (202)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Prop 65 Suit Gets Twist with Ruling on Certificates

SAN FRANCISCO - State appeal court judges recently plugged a legal loophole through which thousands of potential Proposition 65 lawsuits once slipped. The decision stems from a specific procedural dispute that erupted in late 2001.
Sunday, July 18, 2004/Author: Dennis Pfaff/Number of views (619)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Nicotine Warning Labels Fight Exemplifies Duels Between...

A century and a half after the Civil War, the nation’s courts are still consumed by spirited turf battles over the balance of power between state and federal governments.

Back then, the big states’ rights controversy was whether to ban slavery. Today, the burning issue in Sacramento is how to save pregnant women smokers from cancer.

On one side is California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who wants to make sure mothers-to-be know all the risks associated with stop-smoking products that contain measured doses of nicotine (see Prop 65 News, November 1, 2003).

On the other side is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which prefers a low-profile warning on the packaging for nicotine patches and chewing gum, so as not to spook consumers from even trying to kick their cigarette habits.

Caught in the middle are the drug companies that make these popular over-the-counter products and the stores that sell them.
Saturday, February 14, 2004/Author: Peter Blumberg/Number of views (170)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Candy Companies Reach Deal With Plaintiff

Candy companies controlling the vast majority of the nation’s chocolate market have agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging lead and cadmium exposures for $20,000.

No penalties or attorney fees were awarded and the deal, which was the result of the defendants’ "offer to compromise," did not require the companies to warn customers of lead or cadmium exposures. The payment was to go to the plaintiffs, American Environmental Safety Institute and Lynne Todd Edgerton, to "pursue further efforts to achieve reductions of lead in consumer products." Chalfant required an officer of AESI to provide a declaration to him about the use of the money so the judge could analyze the deal under the attorney general’s settlement guidelines.
Sunday, January 11, 2004/Author: Dennis Pfaff/Number of views (202)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Nicotine Patch Case Briefed

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer says he is ready to help the federal government craft a proper Proposition 65 warning for smoking cessation products containing nicotine.

Lockyer’s offer was contained in an amicus brief filed with the California Supreme Court in July in one of the hardest-fought Proposition 65 cases in recent history. Business groups and consumer organizations also weighed in on the closely watched case, choosing up sides along with the original plaintiff and defendant.

The focus of all the legal firepower was an appeal of a 2002 decision by the First District Court of Appeal finding that federal law did not preempt Proposition 65 when it comes to nicotine patches and gum. The court was divided in its reasoning, with two justices holding that a 1997 re-write of federal drug law exempted Proposition 65 from a general preemption of state warnings. A third justice disagreed with that analysis but said he found no conflict between Proposition 65 warnings and federal law.
Monday, November 10, 2003/Author: Dennis Pfaff/Number of views (128)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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