Forcing Unfounded Cancer Warnings On Coffee Labels Is Unconstitutional, Says Legal Expert

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Compelled speech, like censored speech, can violate the Constitution, according to legal experts.

By William “Bill” Murray, CAE, NCA President & CEO via LinkedIn

“Forcing [coffee companies] to include a cancer warning on a product that does not cause cancer plainly violates the 1st Amendment.”

So states legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams (Pentagon Papers, Citizen United), in today’s Los Angeles Times Op-Ed.

In the meantime, the legal wrangling on this very topic continues – along with an effort to extract untold millions of dollars in penalties from coffee companies for having failed to provide such warnings under California’s Prop 65.

Read the article: Forcing companies to put a cancer warning on your coffee cup would violate the 1st Amendment

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NCA Coffee Industry Resources: Prop 65 & Acrylamide

NCA Member Alert: Proposed Rule to End “Coffee and Cancer” Warnings in CA*

FAQ: Prop 65 For Coffee Businesses*

Q&A: What the Latest Prop. 65 Ruling Means for Your Businesses

Understanding Acrylamide: FAQ & White Paper


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