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California’s green chemistry law become effective October 1, 2013

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2013

California's Safer Consumer Product regulations, which implement the state's "Green Chemistry" law, will take effect October 1, 2013. The regulations

At least four states consider battery stewardship legislation in 2014

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 9 2014

As of January 1, it appears that at least four states will consider battery stewardship legislation in 2014, with attention to future legislation and

Potential California ban on labeling plastics?

  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 15 2010

The California legislature initiated legislation that would prohibit labeling any plastic product sold in California as "biodegradable," "degradable," or "decomposable," absent standard specification for such terms

Green is in the eye of the beholder: without a third-party seal of approval, companies should think twice about labeling their products as "green", "sustainable" or "environmentally-friendly"

  • Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 9 2011

Next November, a federal court in California is scheduled to preside over an important "greenwashing" class action lawsuit

Chamber of Commerce v. Brown: California Court of Appeal opens door for new chemicals to be listed under Proposition 65 without scientific or public review

  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 11 2011

In a significant defeat for the business community, the California Court of Appeal for the First District has issued a decision that allows the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to add many new chemicals to the Proposition 65 list of carcinogens and reproductive toxicants without first providing an opportunity for meaningful scientific or public review

Products liability reference updated to consider GM foods

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 8 2010

A looseleaf reference book titled Products Liability: Design and Manufacturing Defects, 2d has been updated with sections considering legal issues relating to genetically modified (GM) foods

FTC chops 'green' plastic lumber claims and diaper claims that fail to 'pass the smell test'

  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 28 2014

On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued a revised version of its "Guides for the Use of Environmental Claims," better known

Commercial pesticide company to pay $12.5 million for criminalcivil FIFRA violations

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 21 2012

A major U.S. commercial pesticide manufacturer will pay $12.5 million in criminal fines, civil penalties and restoration projects for violating provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by applying insecticides to bird-food products, falsifying product registration documents, and distributing unregistered pesticides

Chinese drywall Environmental Protection Agency releases preliminary test results

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • China, USA
  • -
  • June 30 2009

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently conducted comparative testing on drywall manufactured in China and the United States

EPA proposes to strengthen CRT export requirements

  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 25 2012

On March 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to revise certain export provisions of the conditional hazardous waste exclusion for cathode ray tubes (CRTs) sent for recycling or reuse