BPA Lawsuit Ends In Landmark Settlement

A “landmark settlement” has been reported in cases involving the use of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles, wrote PRW.com. The settlement is a multi-district federal class-action lawsuit with Philips Electronics Corp. North America, said PRW.com, in a case involving the use of BPA in plastic bottles.

Philips sold Avent-branded plastic baby bottles and sippy cups manufactured with the polycarbonate plastic, said PRW.com, noting that plaintiffs claimed that Philips Electronics, and other manufacturers, violated deceptive trade practices statutes and were liable for warranty breaches and unjust enrichment because they did not include customer disclosures indicating that the products were made with BPA.

Most recently, joining seven other states and a number of entities and countries, Massachusetts imposed a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic products containing BPA in items meant for children age three and under.

BPA is a plastic hardening chemical whose ubiquity is legendary. Hundreds of studies have linked BPA to cardiovascular disease, intestinal problems, brain cell connection interference, increased risks of reproductive and immune system diseases and disorders, problems with liver function testing, interruptions in chemotherapy, premature puberty, polycystic ovarian syndrome and other female fertility issues, and erectile dysfunction and male sexual problems.

A recent study on which we have written revealed that human exposure to the ever-present estrogenic polycarbonate chemical is significantly higher than previously believed and also originates from a greater array of sources, many of which remain unknown.

We also recently wrote that another study determined that BPA easily passes through the skin into the body. An issue of significant concern since, as we’ve previously reported, BPA is present in a large majority of cash register receipts, has recently been found on paper currency, and has been found in aquatic environments due to the impact of the chemical being found in paint resins used on marine products.

Government agencies—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) being among the most noteworthy—including the Department of Health and Human Services, have never issued final decisions on the effects of the toxin, which is known to leach into products, whether heated or cold, and into the skin, from items such as paper money and receipts.

Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are conducting a $30 million research project to understand BPA’s effects and should have the results of this study to the FDA in 2012, said the Epoch Times late last year.

Of note, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found BPA in the urine of most everyone tested in a 2004 analysis of the U.S. population, said Science Daily previously. As we’ve written earlier, BPA is found in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans and 90 percent of American newborns.

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