DiPirro v. Mr. Heater, Inc., et al.

Posted: 06/19/2001  browse the case archive

The Alameda County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in DiPirro v. Mr. Heater, Inc. on June 19, 2001. This enforcement action resolved the allegations of citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro that defendant Mr. Heater, Inc. sold propane heaters that exposed users to carbon monoxide in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, beginning on September 30, 2001, Mr. Heater agreed to not knowingly package or ship any products that contain, or create an exposure to, carbon monoxide for use in the State of California unless the products comply with the warning language listed in Section 1.1 of the Agreement.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $13,000, 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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