Skip to main content
Logo for Prop 65 Pulse, a Keller and Heckman LLP newsletter, with imagery of a heart monitor and the outline of California

California’s Proposition 65 (“Prop. 65”), the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires, among other things, sellers of products to provide a “clear and reasonable warning” if use of the product results in a knowing and intentional exposure to one of more than 900 different chemicals “known to the State of California” to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, which are included on The Proposition 65 List. For additional background information, see the Special Focus article, California's Proposition 65: A Regulatory Conundrum.

Because Prop. 65 permits enforcement of the law by private individuals (the so-called bounty hunter provision), this section of the statute has long been a source of significant claims and litigation in California. It has also gone a long way in helping to create a plaintiff’s bar that specializes in such lawsuits. This is because the statute allows recovery of attorney’s fees, in addition to the imposition of civil penalties as high as $2,500 per day per violation. Thus, the costs of litigation, and settlement, can be substantial.

The purpose of Keller and Heckman’s Prop 65 Pulse is to provide our readers with an idea of the ongoing trends in bounty hunter activity. 

Click here and select “California’s Proposition 65” to subscribe to the newsletter.

Prop 65 Pulse Archive

04.18.24 March 2024 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
03.15.24 February 2024 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
02.16.24 January 2024 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
01.17.24 December 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
12.15.23 November 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
11.16.23 October 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
10.16.23 September 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
09.15.23 August 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
08.15.23 July 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims
07.14.23 June 2023 Bounty Hunter Plaintiff Claims

There are numerous defenses to Prop. 65 claims and proactive measures that industry can take prior to receiving a Prop. 65 Notice in the first place. Keller and Heckman attorneys have extensive experience in defense of Prop. 65 claims and in all aspects of Prop. 65 compliance and risk management. We provide tailored Prop. 65 services to a wide range of industries, including food and beverage, cosmetics and personal care, consumer products, chemical products, e-vapor and tobacco products, household products, plastics and rubber, and retail distribution.

To contact us with questions or for more information about California's Proposition 65, email or call our Washington, DC office at 202.434.4100 or our San Francisco office at 415.948.2800.