Starbucks Fails To Sway Judge In Calif. Cancer Warning Case

Law360 (May 9, 2018, 6:09 PM EDT) -- Starbucks and other companies in the coffee business will likely have to put up public cancer warnings in California, after a state judge ruled that their experts had failed to convince him that java should be exempted from a controversial state notification law.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle's Monday ruling caps an eight-year legal battle that hinged on whether or not Starbucks and dozens of fellow coffee purveyors could prove that acrylamide, a carcinogen that's found in low levels in coffee, isn't dangerous enough to warn consumers about.

That fight, sparked by a suit filed by the...

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