Hanson Bridgett has significant experience handling Proposition 65 matters. Our attorneys have represented clients in these types of cases since the proposition’s inception in 1986. We assist clients in litigation, counseling, and negotiations, and represent manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and trade associations in a wide range of industries both inside and outside California.
We have handled some of the most significant Proposition 65 cases in California and have been successful both at trial and on appeal. We bring experience and zealous advocacy to bear on our clients' Proposition 65 litigation needs, and develop defense strategies that achieve our clients’ business and litigation objectives. In addition, we pride ourselves on our efforts to resolve cases without resorting to litigation.
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Manufacturers, processors, distributors, and retailers who do business in the State of California are required to comply with a range of warning requirements and discharge prohibitions. As such, Proposition 65 is a very technical statute. Its standards to establish a violation are unique to its provisions and consequently, require legal advice from attorneys well-versed and experienced in the initiative.
Proposition 65 also contains an unusual provision that grants private citizens the authority to bring lawsuits. Private citizen plaintiffs stand to collect 25 percent of the fines levied in each case, as well as attorney fees and costs. This has encouraged a number of lawsuits and requires attorneys with experience defending court cases brought to enforce Proposition 65.
For a more in-depth overview of our capabilities and experience, please refer to our Proposition 65 brochure.