California Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act: Now Friendlier To Industry, Still A Legal Minefield
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Late-stage, industry-driven amendments to SB 1249 eliminated terms that could have made companies liable for animal testing entirely outside their control. The bill that passed Aug. 31 is still rife with legal risks for companies that claim exemptions, according to Sacramento-area attorney Angela Diesch.
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