Wozniak Settles with Johnson Outdoors Gear Re: Lead in Hand Tools

Posted: 03/06/2015  browse the blog archive
Wozniak Settles with Johnson Outdoors Gear Re: Lead in Hand Tools

Our client Paul Wozniak has reached a settlement agreement with Johnson Outdoors Gear, Inc. in regards to alleged violations of Proposition 65.   Wozniak alleged that Johnson Outdoors Gear sold hand tools that contained the heavy metal lead without providing consumers with the requisite health hazard warning.  Lead is a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defets, and/or other reproductive harm.

In addition to paying civil penalties, Johnson Outdoors Gear has agreed to reformulate their hand tools to virtually eliminate lead.  Should they accelerate their reformulation and provide a certification by May 15, 2015 that all their hand tools qualify as reformulated, Wozniak has agreed to waive a substantial portion of that civil penalty.

Read more details of the settlement on our website: Wozniak v. Johnson Outdoors Gear, Inc.

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.