Brimer v. Kotobuki Trading Company, Inc., et al.

Posted: 04/12/2006  browse the case archive

Kotobuki Trading Company, Inc. elected to address its Proposition 65 liability by opting into the terms of the Consent Judgment entered by the San Francisco Superior Court in the matter of Russell Brimer v. The Boelter Companies, et al. on April 12, 2006.  In doing so, it became a member of a class of settling defendants who agreed to virtually eliminate the heavy metals lead and cadmium from their respective decorated glassware and ceramicware products manufactured, distributed, imported or sold in California.  The stipulated judgment addresses Russell Brimer’s claim that Kotubuki distributed and/or imported glassware and ceramicware food/beverage and non-food/beverage products with exterior decorations containing the Proposition 65-listed chemicals cadmium and lead, without the clear and reasonable exposure warnings required by the Act. 

Under the terms of the settlement, Kotobuki agreed to reformulate its products to virtually eliminate lead and cadmium from the products’ exterior decorations such that no health hazard warning is required, and to reimburse Mr. Brimer for his attorneys’ fees and costs.  As a distributor/importer, pursuant to the stipulated judgment, Kotubuki paid $50,000 in civil penalties, costs and fees. 

A summary of the consolidated action and settlement can be found in Brimer v. The Boelter Companies, et al., Case No. CGC-05-440811.  

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