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Norton Rose Fulbright: The Mysterious World of California Prop 65, Part 1: The Law
Posted on 10 Dec 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Will Troutman (US) on December 4, 2014 Posted in California Proposition 65 To the average person in California, if they know anything about Proposition 65 at all, it is usually because they have a seen a warning sign in a bar or at a store. In most... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Update On California Consumer Product Emissions Survey
Posted on 3 Nov 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Will Troutman (US) Updating our prior discussion of the California Air Resources Board Consumer Products Survey, ARB continues to forge ahead with the 2013 consumer products survey, providing additional guidance to industry. On October 14, 2014... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Lights Out! New Mercury-Containing Light Fee About to Take Effect in Washington
Posted on 10 Dec 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Matthew Gurvitz After a series of false starts, Washington’s mercury-containing lights product stewardship law will take effect on January 1, 2015. Under the law , all mercury-containing lights sold in the state of Washington must include... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Timeliness of Section 15(b) Reporting Continues Role as CPSC Enforcement Tool
Posted on 10 Dec 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Will Troutman (US) As 2014 draws to a close, we see that Section 15(b)’s reporting requirement continues to be a powerful tool for CPSC to punish companies who manufacture, distribute, or sell products that are ultimately recalled. In 2014... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Don’t Tell Bloggers About NAD Wins
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Susan Ross (US) If a company sues a competitor about an advertisement that the company believes is false or misleading about the company’s product, a court victory is frequently cause for a press release, as well as announcements on social... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: E-Cigarette Flavor Found To Contain Chemical Associated With Lung Disease
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Stephanie Stroup (US) A recent investigation conducted by the BBC has concluded that an e-cigarette flavoring purchased in Northeast England contained a potentially harmful chemical that has been associated with the lung condition known as “popcorn... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Congress on Cybersecurity: Recent Bill Limits Liability
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Gerard G. Pecht , Peter A. Stokes , Mark Thomas Oakes , Utsav Mathur and Geraldine W. Young In the days leading up to its August 2014 recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a number of bills aimed at strengthening cybersecurity. Those... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: California Closely Scrutinizes ‘Made In The USA’ Claims
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Lauren Shoor Labeling products as “Made in the USA” has seen increased popularity recently, as retailers and manufacturers attempt to capitalize on consumers’ desire to support domestic jobs and US-made goods. Despite the seeming... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright Consumer Products Law Blog: California Agency Issues Guidance On New Furniture Flammability Labeling Law
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Will Troutman (US) Updating our prior discussion on California’s new labeling law regarding flame retardants in furniture, the California Bureau of Electronics & Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) has issued... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: New California Consumer Products Legislation
Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Will Troutman (US) Last week marked the last chance for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto legislation the California Legislature passed this year. The legislation goes into effect January 1, 2016. Although it was a quiet year for consumer... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: WARNING! This Post Contains Information on DINP and Proposition 65 in the State of California That May Help You Avoid a Lawsuit
Posted on 3 Dec 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Will Troutman (US) On December 20, 2013, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added the phthalate DINP to the California Proposition 65 chemical list. Under Proposition 65, products containing newly listed chemicals require a warning... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Class Claims Certified For Hain Celestial Organic Cosmetics
Posted on 3 Dec 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Stephanie Stroup (US) Last week, Magistrate Judge Beeler in the Northern District of California certified a class of purchasers of cosmetics marketed as “organic” by The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. In so doing, Judge Beeler weighed... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Pom Wonderful Ditches Appeal Of State Law Preemption Ruling
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Stephanie Stroup On September 22, 2014, the Ninth Circuit approved Pom Wonderful’s request to drop its appeal of U.S. District Judge S. James Otero’s February 2013 order holding that Pom’s UCL and FAL false advertising claims are... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: San Bernardino Judge Finds Homeopathic Drug Labelling Is Not False Or Misleading
Posted on 3 Dec 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Stephanie Stroup (US) On November 25, 2014, just in time for Thanksgiving, Judge Bryan Foster in San Bernardino Superior Court tentatively entered a judgment in favor of Green Pharmaceuticals , following a week-long bench trial. The case, filed... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Jerry Brown Signs New California ‘Made In USA’ Law
Posted on 3 Sep 2015 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Lauren Shoor Yesterday [Sept. 1], California’s Governor Brown signed SB 633 into law. The new law exempts certain merchandise from the prohibition that merchandise being sold in California cannot be labeled with “Made in the USA”... Read More