Proposition 65 is California’s right-to-know statute that requires businesses to provide clear and reasonable warnings before exposing Californians to a wide range of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm or both. Proposition 65 requires a 60-day Notice of Violation to be served before public enforcers may file a lawsuit for alleged violation of the law. The public enforcers who have served Proposition 65 Notices of Violation with respect to exposure to cocamide DEA include Center for Environmental Health, Shefa LMV LLC and ProtectConsumers LLC. In addition, a number of individuals have become involved in Proposition 65 enforcement actions concerning cocamide DEA. These individuals – Mark Lewis, Crystal Gerard, Mark Bates, Natisha Meloncon and Latonia Edge – are all represented by The Law Offices of Morse Mehrban.
2013 has been a particularly difficult year for manufacturers, distributors and sellers of personal care products. In addition to cocamide DEA, other chemicals commonly found in personal care products and cosmetics became subject to Proposition 65 enforcement in 2013, including benzophenone and diethanolamine.
Businesses should carefully review the contents of the products they manufacture or distribute to determine whether those products may contain cocamide DEA. Notices of Violation followed by prompt lawsuits have become the norm for alleged exposure to cocamide DEA. Businesses must be proactive in protecting themselves from Prop 65 bountyhunters. CK&E regularly helps clients with Prop 65 compliance issues. If a Notice of Violation is received, CK&E handles responses to Notices of Violation and defense of businesses in Prop 65 actions to help resolve claims as efficiently and economically as possible.