Slew Of New California Proposition 65 Cases Hits Travel Goods Industry
June ended with a bang in California when a dozen different 60-day notices were filed against manufacturers and retailers alleging that the vinyl bags and other products they were selling violated California Proposition 65 for allegedly containing lead and phthalates. Proposition 65 is a California law that requires "warning labels" on ALL products (not just children's products) sold in California that contain lead, phthalates and other chemicals that could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The list of chemicals and metals covered by Prop 65 now exceeds 800, and the list continues to grow every year. Further, Prop 65 allows so-called "citizen enforcers" to enforce the law. NGOs, other groups and even private Californian citizens can sue in California courts and collect part of the fines.
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