DiPirro v. Metalico-Granite City, Inc., et al.

Posted: 10/06/1999  browse the case archive

Citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro and settling parties Metalico-Granite City, Inc., Santa Rosa Lead Products, Inc., and Metalico-Evans, Inc. (collectively "Metalico") entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement on October 6, 1999, resolving DiPirro's allegations that Metalico manufactures and distributes solder and other products containing the heavy metal lead and formaldehyde in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, Metalico agreed not to manufacture or distribute any solder or other products identified in Exhibit A in the Settlement Agreement in California after December 30, 1999, unless the soldering products have Proposition 65 warnings provided. Additionally, Metalico agrees to revise the Material Safety Data Sheets to include health hazard warnings by December 30, 1999.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $50,000, to be divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower DiPirro and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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