Overview

Phthalates have come under increased scrutiny as a potentially harmful class of chemicals. Phthalates, a group of chemicals typically used as softeners for plastic products (plasticizers) or as solvents in some consumer products, are ubiquitous in today’s society. In some countries, regulations are already in place and more underway restricting the use or requiring the removal of phthalates from consumer products such as children’s toys and personal care products. In the United States, federal regulation is in place and more is under consideration to restrict their use. Meanwhile, similar regulations, and some even more restrictive regulations, are gaining traction at the state level. These efforts can and will affect a wide range of companies involved with the production, manufacturing, and distribution of phthalate-containing products.

Protecting our clients and minimizing their risk are areas in which we excel. Thompson Hine is well-positioned to be the go-to law firm for assistance with phthalate-related matters. Our unique blend of deep product liability and mass and toxic tort experience, combined with our sharp focus on client service excellence, offers our clients an important opportunity to minimize their risks and defend their companies and products.

We can help you prepare for both existing regulation and its litigation-related ramifications, keep you informed of the regulation on the horizon, and counsel you on how to minimize your risks.

Industries affected include:

  • Apparel and footwear industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Bottled water industry
  • Building products industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Child care product manufacturers
  • Food and drug packaging industry
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Personal care products industry
  • Plasticizer and flexible PVC industry
  • Sporting goods manufacturers
  • Toy industry