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PFAS Update: EPA Begins Process of Developing Drinking Water Limits for PFOS and PFOA

On Feb. 20, 2020, roughly one year after announcing its comprehensive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) action plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a preliminary regulatory determination under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for the two most-studied of the chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This is the initial step in the process of … Continue Reading

Hard, Hazy and Maybe Healthy—With a Chance of Liability and Litigation

A few different trends have emerged over the past year or so in the field of craft beer, and in related industries. Indeed, the alcoholic beverage landscape looks much different as we enter 2020 than it did at the beginning of last decade. Hazy IPAs have surged in popularity, as have hard seltzers. Breweries have … Continue Reading

New York’s ‘Toxic Toys’ Law: Governor Signs Legislation Regulating Chemicals in Children’s Products, But Changes to the Law Are Already Coming

On Feb. 7, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation regulating the presence of toxic chemicals in children’s products and apparel. The governor agreed to the legislation – the last of the bills from the 2019 legislative session to be signed – on the condition that the bills be amended in the current 2020 … Continue Reading

OSHA Is Raising Its Maximum Penalty Amounts, Again!

On Jan. 10, 2020, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced another increase in the maximum civil monetary penalties for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health standards and regulations. The new monetary penalties will be nearly 2% higher than the current maximum penalty amounts. Effective Jan. 15, 2020, the maximum penalty for … Continue Reading

State of California Passes Law Limiting Sugary Drinks Offered in Children’s Meals

On Jan. 1, 2019, a new law aiming to limit children’s intake of sugary beverages became effective. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the “Children’s Meals” law on Sept. 20, 2018, in an effort to combat the rising obesity rate in California, which increased 250 percent between 1990 and 2016. The Children’s Meals law modifies the … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Holds No Showing of Actual Harm Needed to State Claim Under Biometric Information Privacy Act

In a unanimous decision issued Jan. 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a plaintiff need not plead or prove actual harm to bring a claim under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The court’s decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entm’t Entertainment Corp. settles a split among Illinois’ appellate courts, which centered on what a … Continue Reading

VA Supreme Court Adopts Take Home Asbestos Liability Exposure

On Oct. 11, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court extended the duty of care owed by an employer beyond just employees to any family members or third parties who may be affected by the employer’s action. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled in Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, Inc. that if an employer knew or should have known that … Continue Reading

It’s the Law: Don’t Sell Your Homebrew!

Homebrewing and drinking craft beer are both widely popular. Currently, there are more than 6,000 craft breweries in the U.S., and over 2,000 homebrew clubs. As brewing for fun and profit has become more widespread, the applicable legal framework has also developed – and compliance is just as important for hobbyists as for professionals. At … Continue Reading

Illinois Proposes Stricter Lead Rules for Public Intervention, Enforcement Actions

Illinois is proposing a new rule that would lower the state’s “action level” for children with lead in their blood. The new rule would also stiffen penalties for those who violate the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and Code. The rule, proposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), would lower the threshold level of … Continue Reading

Appellate Court Opens Door to Jury Trials in Proposition 65 Cases

The California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (First District) recently reversed course on an important issue in the Proposition 65 world by indicating that a jury trial may be available to defendants in certain circumstances. The decision, Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc., et al., v. The Superior Court of Alameda County, Opinion, A150264, (June 13, … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Gene Livingston to Chair Prop 65 Clearinghouse Annual Conference

Greenberg Traurig’s Gene Livingston, shareholder and chair of the Proposition 65 & Green Chemistry Practice, will be chairing Prop. 65 Clearinghouse’s 13th Annual Prop. 65 Conference at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The Conference will take place on Monday, Sept. 24. According to the organization, attendees will be privy to hands-on advice from … Continue Reading

EPA Concludes Glyphosate is Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans

EPA concluded in draft risk assessments that a widely used herbicide in the United States that controls weeds and grasses— glyphosate—is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”  Importantly, the assessment also “found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.”  According to EPA, this finding … Continue Reading

GT Attorneys to Address Prop. 65 in Practice – Lessons Covering Hot Topics and Recent Developments Affecting Consumer Product Companies

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 1:00 pm ET, Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Anthony Cortez and Greg Sperla will be presenting a webinar hosted by AudioSolutionz entitled “Proposition 65 – Hot Topics and Recent Developments Affecting Consumer Product Companies.”  This webinar will assist attendees to better understand the Impact of Proposition 65 on retail business and … Continue Reading

Glyphosate Litigation Primer

Introduction Plaintiffs’ lawyers in several states are investigating cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other forms of cancer in individuals exposed to the widely used herbicide glyphosate. These investigations follow on the heels of a 2015 report by a working group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which concludes that glyphosate is probably … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Revives Another Data Breach Suit — Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.

Plaintiffs in consumer data breach class actions have struggled to establish Article III standing. Article III standing requires an alleged ‘‘concrete and particularized injury that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct, and is likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision.’’ In Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138 (2013) the … Continue Reading

The Dutch Act on Collective Settlement of Mass Claims (WCAM) Goes Global Again: A Forum Outside the United States to Resolve Mass Claims Disputes Internationally

On March 14, 2016, Ageas (formerly, Fortis Bank) and several foundations representing the Fortis shareholders announced a EUR 1.204 billion settlement of shareholder claims and they are now seeking to declare the settlement legally binding on all shareholders under the 2005 Dutch Act on Collective Settlement of Mass Claims (the WCAM).[1] Recently, the settlement was brought … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Food & Beverage Attorneys to Speak at Natural Products Expo West

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP shareholders Robert J. Herrington, Justin J. Prochnow, and Rick L. Shackelford will participate in this year’s Natural Products Expo West convention, held Wednesday, March 9, to Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event is the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products expo. Greenberg Traurig’s … Continue Reading

CPSC Modifies GCC Requirements

On Feb. 25, 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to modify its requirement that companies issue general conformity certificates (GCC) for all adult clothing. The CPSC previously required that manufacturers or importers of record issue GCC’s certifying that  adult clothing met flammability requirements under the Flammable Fabrics Act, even where the … Continue Reading

OSHA Significantly Reduces Exposure Limits to Beryllium and its Compounds

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposes to amend its existing exposure limits for occupational exposure in general industry to beryllium and beryllium compounds and to promulgate a substance-specific standard for general industry regulating occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. In a proposed rule published on Aug. 7, 2015, OSHA  proposes a new  … Continue Reading

The Seventh Circuit Undercuts Prominent Defenses in Data Breach Lawsuits and Class Actions

With two recent decisions sure to please the plaintiff’s bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit landed a blow to defendants facing class action and data breach lawsuits. In the first decision, the Seventh Circuit ruled that data breach plaintiffs, who regularly bring suits as class actions, have Article III standing despite … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Retailers: Are Your Gift Certificate Policies Compliant with the Law?

Plaintiff class-action lawyers are now invoking the Massachusetts Gift Certificate Statute, General Laws Chapter 200A, Section 5D, as their latest vehicle to bring putative class action claims against companies doing business in Massachusetts under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A). Consumers are allegedly being misled about their rights to redeem gift certificates for cash, … Continue Reading

The Injunction Conundrum – When Can a Class Action Plaintiff Sue for Injunctive Relief?

a href=”https://gtlawconsumerproductscounselor.lexblogplatformtwo.com/files/2014/07/shutterstock_153943454.jpg”>As the Supreme Court has tightened the requirements for certifying a damages class action, some in the plaintiff’s bar have responded by focusing on class actions seeking injunctive relief, particularly in cases against consumer products companies.  To certify a class under Rule 23(b)(2), a plaintiff does not have to demonstrate predominance or superiority, and … Continue Reading

Court Rejects Preemption and Primary Jurisdiction Arguments in “All Natural” Case

In our February 12, 2014 post, entitled “Consumer Class Actions Trending From Attacking ‘All Natural’ to ‘Raw,’” we addressed whether claims challenging consumer product advertising as “all natural” were preempted in the absence of specific guidance from the FDA and the mixed results the argument has produced.  In Ault v. J.M. Smucker Co. et al., 2014 … Continue Reading
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