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Junuary 3, 2021In the News

Product Liability Regulation & Legislation To Watch In 2021

Law360

Toxic substances known as "forever" chemicals, hemp-derived CBD and e-cigarettes are among the topics product liability attorneys will have their eye on in the coming year. Here's what to watch on the legislative and regulatory fronts in 2021.

Biden Administration Set to Act on 'Forever" Chemicals

President-elect Joe Biden's campaign pledged to address the toxic group of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that are found in a range of products from firefighting foam to nonstick pans and food packaging. The chemicals are long-lasting in the body and the environment and are shown to lead to reproductive, developmental, liver and kidney problems, and possibly cancer.

According to his campaign website, Biden intends to designate PFAS as a hazardous substance and set limits on the chemicals in the Safe Drinking Act and speeding up research.

"The Trump administration was far more tolerant of chemicals and skeptical of laws passed by Obama," Paul Benson of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP said. "Biden's campaign was pretty clear that they're going in the other direction."

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