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Publication Date: August 2015

Proposition 65: By the Numbers


Proposition 65, California’s law requiring labels on products and areas containing chemicals “known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm” has evolved into a tool for trial lawyers to earn millions at the expense of small businesses. Proving a business’ innocence in court is often more expensive and time-consuming than simply paying lawyers to settle their claims. Though evidence suggests the law has had very little impact on Californian’s health, the ease of filing Proposition 65 lawsuits has allowed trial lawyers to earn over $150 million in fees since 2000.

We’ve put together a fact sheet showing how much money California lawyers are extracting from businesses every year and explaining that the labels are so ubiquitous, they’re basically useless.