June 23, 2020｜Written by GreenSoft Technology, Inc.
Consumer advocacy group files suit against Best Buy for exposure to plastic suction cup mounts for GoPro devices
Consumer Advocacy Group, Inc. filed the suit on June 4, accusing Best Buy of failing to warn consumers about the presence of a toxic chemical, Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (“DEHP”), in plastic suction cup camera mounts for GoPro devices.
California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
Failure to inform the public prior to exposure is prosecutable by the California Attorney General’s Office, by district or city attorneys, and by “any individual acting in the public interest” such as the plaintiff in this suit.
Penalties for being found in violation of California Proposition 65 can be as high as $2,500 per violation (per exposed person), per day.
As this lawsuit shows, it is not just manufacturers that can be prosecuted under California Proposition 65, but also retailers and other businesses. Additionally, the toxic chemical exposure in this case comes not from an electronic product, but from an electronic accessory.
This lawsuit serves as a warning for other companies to ensure they are performing adequate supply chain due diligence to obtain information from suppliers on the risk of products before exposing the public to those products.
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