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California's Proposition 65 Warning Labels Are Just Lawsuit Magnets

Jul 2016

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has proposed changes to Prop 65 that would do nothing to tackle the two big problems with the regulation: it does nothing to help consumers assess risk (or lack thereof) and it has opened the floodgates for frivolous lawsuits aimed at vinyl product manufacturers and other businesses.

Joseph Perrone, chief science officer for the Center for Accountability in Science, notes that “in 2015 alone, these so-called ‘bounty hunters’ collected more than $26 million in settlement payments from businesses--68 percent of which ($18 million) went to lawyers.” Perrone has penned a op-ed warning that Prop 65 warning labels are just lawsuit magnets.