A Common Thread In California 'Organic' Textile Lawsuits

By Teresa Michaud and Anne Kelts (September 8, 2017, 12:04 PM EDT) -- Businesses marketing or selling "organic" textile products to consumers in California may be at risk of litigation based upon a recent set of cases filed against manufacturers and retailers in the state.[1] Currently, the cases target manufacturers and retailers of furniture and bedding, but could expose clothing manufacturers and retailers to the risk of similar litigation.

The plaintiff, a nonprofit organization policing "environmental health hazards and toxic exposures," seeks to obtain injunctive relief and attorneys' fees to remedy alleged mislabeling of textile products as "organic" under the California Organic Products Act (COPA). In an issue of first impression in California, the...

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