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Issue 57 | February 2013
The Evolution of Air Freshener Litigation and Regulations

In an effort to minimize the health hazards and air pollution caused by air fresheners, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board recently enacted stricter requirements for aerosol air fresheners. The new requirements included changes to the volatile organic compound ("VOC") and global warming potential ("GWP") standards.

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By: Sally Hosn
No Certification for a Proposed Product Liability Class Full of Uninjured Members

A United States District Court recently denied class certification to a group of potential plaintiffs over alleged defects in the third generation Toyota Prius and the 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles. On January 9, 2013, Judge Cormac Carney denied plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification due to the fact a substantial majority of the class members had never suffered an actual injury that was allegedly caused by a defect in the braking system. (In re Toyota Motor Corp. Hybrid Brake Mrtg., Sales Practices & Prods. Liab. Litig., No. SAML 10-2172-CJC (C.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2013).

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By: Brian R. Tinkham
California Civil Court Ranked Worst by American Tort Reform Association

California has always had a reputation of propagating laws that seem unfairly harsh to business and defendants and it is no secret that the judicial system has been floundering under budget cuts. American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), a non-profit organization focused on reforming the civil justice system, has confirmed California's failings by ranking it number one on its list of unfair and unbalanced civil court jurisdictions, which ATRA refers to as "Judicial Hellholes."

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By: Cecilie E. Read