Vinocur Files Complaint Against Yamaha Corporation

Posted: 02/11/2015  browse the blog archive
Vinocur Files Complaint Against Yamaha Corporation

Our client Laurence Vinocur has filed a complaint against Yamaha Corporation alleging that the company failed to warn California consumers about the presence of the phthalate chemical DEHP in or on Yamaha’s benches with vinyl/PVC seats, headphones with vinyl/PVC components, bags with vinyl/PVC shoulder strap pads, and vinyl/PVC musical instrument cases.  DEHP is a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and/or reproductive harm, and under Proposition 65 law, companies offering products for sale that contain such chemicals must provide California consumers with a “clear and reasonable” warning of the risks of exposure.

In addition to civil penalties, Vinocur seeks an injunction to prohibit Yamaha from selling these products in California without a Proposition 65 warning, in addition to other and further relief as the Alameda County Superior Court deems just and proper.

The Chanler Group represents citizen enforcers who, acting in the public interest, commence actions against businesses offering products for sale in California that contain chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm without first providing the health hazard warning required by Proposition 65. Citizen enforcers bringing Proposition 65 actions in the public interest may obtain a Court Judgment imposing civil penalties, an injunction requiring reformulation of products, and/or provision of health hazard warnings. The Chanler Group has represented citizen enforcers of Proposition 65 for more than twenty years.

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