The Bureau of Household Goods and Services posted the AB 2998 document on its website. AB 2998 prohibits the sale and distribution of (among other items) upholstered furniture, foam used in mattresses, and the use of new components of reupholstered furniture that contain specified flame-retardant chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million.
On January 29, 2019, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering a
number of states and territories bordering the Pacific Ocean) issued a far-reaching opinion that will likely impact the hiring process of prospective employers who conduct background checks on applicants.
The Bureau of Household Goods and Services, formerly the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation, has released Industry Advisory 19-01 entitled, “2018 Legislative Update”. This Advisory contains a summary of laws enacted January 1, 2019, that impact the Bureau or its licensees.
California has landed atop the “Judicial Hellholes” list again, according to the latest ranking of the “most unfair” civil litigation courts by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF).
Trailing not far behind California are Florida, New York City and St. Louis, Missouri. California was last at No. 1 in the 2015–2016 report, and also held the No. 1 title in the 2013–2014 and 2012–2013 reports.
A recent study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform highlights both the overall cost and inefficiencies of the tort system. The report states that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion in 2016, accounting for 2.3% of the U.S. gross domestic product.
The 2018–2019 Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions largely contributed to these costs, and on a local level, they saw job loss, personal income loss, and state revenue loss due to the excessive tort costs in the states. The data clearly demonstrate the need for a more balanced civil justice system, the report states.
According to the report, California is a perennial Judicial Hellhole because “California judges and legislators alike have a propensity to expand liability at almost every given opportunity.” Read more
Effective January 1, the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) will be renamed to the Bureau of Household Goods and Services (BHGS). The agency will encompass Electronic and Appliance Repair (EAR), Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation (HFTI) and Household Movers (HHM).
From the Sacramento Bee
California and like-minded states are girding for a legal battle with the Trump administration on whether those states have gone too far in controlling greenhouse gases from automobiles, a prospective case that legal scholars say – barring a last-minute settlement – is sure to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies are expected to announce, as soon as this week, a rollback of national fuel economy standards for vehicles. They could also revoke California’s ability to set its own, tougher, air pollution limits. If the Trump administration challenges California’s longstanding latitude to set its own emissions rules, it would be wading into untested legal waters, said Deborah Sivas, a law professor and expert on the Clean Air Act at Stanford University.
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