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Contact: Nate Herman, TGA's Director of Government Relations, at 877-842-1938, x-708 or nate@travel-goods.org

Product safety — more California Proposition 65 notices issued

Professional California Proposition 65 litigants John Moor, Anthony E. Held, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), the Consumer Advocacy Group and Maureen Parker in the past weeks have issued seven new "60-day" notices alleging that brands and retailers sold travel goods (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), footwear (Notice 1; Notice 2) and jewelry (Notice 1; Notice 2) in California that contained lead, cadmium or phthalates in violation of California Proposition 65. The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients alleging that the products sold in California contain certain chemicals in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). 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, cadmium and any one of 850 other chemicals that the State of California believes could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. 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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