Starbucks Can Use Agency Finding To Defend Prop 65 Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 15, 2020, 10:26 PM EDT) -- Starbucks, Dunkin', and other coffee purveyors can use a California regulator's recent finding that chemicals in coffee don't pose a significant cancer risk to defend against allegations they violated the state's Proposition 65 cancer warning requirement, a California judge said Wednesday.

Wearing a face shield in his downtown Los Angeles courtroom and speaking to attorneys by phone, Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle denied three motions for summary adjudication brought by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, saying Starbucks Corp., Dunkin' Brands Inc. and dozens of other coffee roasters had raised triable issues with their affirmative defense piggybacking off...

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