Brimer v. Ultra Pro Corporation, et al.

Posted: 10/29/2011  browse the case archive

On October 29, 2011, the Alameda County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Brimer v. Ultra Pro Corporation; et al., which resolved citizen enforcer Russell Brimer's allegations that the defendant Ultra Pro Corporation ("Ultra Pro"), sold craft tools with grips containing the heavy metal lead in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, Ultra Pro agreed not to sell any craft tools with grips in California after June 30, 2011, unless each accessible component of the craft tools complies with the reformulation standards set forth in Section 2.1 of the Consent Judgment when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $38,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Brimer and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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