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March 31, 2014

California Considering Another Labeling Law That Could Lead to More Class Actions

If a proposed labeling rule is made into law, California could see a surge of consumer class actions similar to what happened with Proposition 65, warns Law 360.

The bill would require specific labels for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Similar to Prop 65, which requires a warning label on products that contain any one of 800 chemicals, the proposal contains a private enforcement provision. More importantly, it also allows for attorney’s fees.

Chuck Firth of Illinois, the creator of the Durascoop Original, knows firsthand about what happened when opportunistic trial attorneys in California realized that Prop 65 could translate to dollar signs. Chuck was hit with a rash abusive litigation – so much so that it threatened the future of his business, which makes the most popular kitty litter scoop on the market. Watch his story here.

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