Representing Prop 65 Across the Outdoor Industry

The Outdoor Industry generates significant sales in California – an estimated $92 billion in consumer spending on the outdoor recreation economy. The industry is not immune from Prop 65 liability – outdoor recreation companies have been a steady target of Prop 65 bounty hunter suits over the last couple of years.

What are the main chemicals that outdoor and recreation companies have been sued for?

  • In general, outdoor manufacturers are sued in relation to the same Prop 65 chemicals common to other consumer products – heavy metals such as lead and and phthalates such as Bis(2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP) and Diisononyl phthalate (DINP).
  • For example, recent suits include:
    • DEHP in vinyl grips in bows, tools, hoses and other outdoor equipment
    • DEHP and DINP in vests and hydration bladders, rain suits, running packs and dry bags,
    • Lead in camp fittings, whistles and bike parts,
    • Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) in tent fabric.

Holland & Hart lawyers regularly represent outdoor and recreation companies in Prop 65 suits and help craft compliance plans. Contact us for more information.


Brent Johnson
Salt Lake City
Nathan Archibald
Salt Lake City

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