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Prop 65 Coffee Litigation May Be Drawing To Close

Prop 65 Coffee Litigation May Be Drawing To Close

A new regulation taking effect today, October 1, 2019, may finally put an end to litigation as to whether California’s Proposition 65 warnings are required on coffee due to the presence of acrylamide.  The new regulation states: “Exposures to chemicals in coffee,...

Major Retailer Pulls PFAS From Shelves

Major Retailer Pulls PFAS From Shelves

Home Depot recently announced its intention to remove PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)-coated rugs and carpets from its shelves by the close of 2019.  PFAS are a class of over 4,000 chemicals that are highly persistent in the environment and the human body. ...

EPA Regulates Paint Chemical Under TSCA

EPA Regulates Paint Chemical Under TSCA

The EPA has released guidance on a new rule that prohibits the manufacture, processing, or distribution of a the chemical methylene chloride, a solvent that is present in paint and coating removal products. The agency released this rule under the authority of the...

Major Retailer Pulls PFAS From Shelves

Denmark Bans PFAS In Food Packaging

Earlier this month, Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food proposed a ban on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in cardboard and paper packaging that makes direct contact with food. This ban is expected to take effect in July 2020, putting...

Small Business and Prop 65: Free Pass? Not So Fast

Small Business and Prop 65: Free Pass? Not So Fast

California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) has a major exception for small businesses: the law does not apply to businesses employing fewer than ten employees.  Such small businesses, however, should be cautious as traps abound for the unwary in the realm of Prop 65.  For...

Glyphosate Jury Awards Reduced In California

Glyphosate Jury Awards Reduced In California

Last week, California Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith reduced a $2 billion dollar verdict against Monsanto to $87 million dollars. The $2 billion dollar verdict was previously awarded to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who both alleged that they developed non-Hodgkin...

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

In 2018, California was ravaged by multiple large-scale wildfires, killing more than 100 people and firefighters and resulting in more than $9 billion in damages paid by insurers.  The 2018 hurricane season produced 8 hurricanes, including two “major” (Cat 3, 4, or 5)...

John Gardella Publishes Cover Story in Claims Magazine

John Gardella Publishes Cover Story in Claims Magazine

In the May 2019 issue of Claims magazine, John Gardella authored an article regarding autonomous vehicles and their future impact on the insurance industry that was published as the cover story in the prestigious industry publication. A copy of the article can be...

EPA Releases New Asbestos Rule

EPA Releases New Asbestos Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) promulgated a new rule in April of 2019, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), requiring EPA review before any discontinued uses of asbestos can be reintroduced into the marketplace.  This new rule restricts...