DiPirro v. Multiquip, Inc. et al.

Posted: 04/26/2001  browse the case archive

The Alameda County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in DiPirro v. Multiquip, Inc., et al. on April 26, 2001. This enforcement action resolved the allegations of citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro that defendant Multiquip, Inc. sold certain welding machines and other welding equipment that contain, or whose customary use and application may produce fumes or gases which contain, nickel, chromium and carbon monoxide, in the State of California, without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, commencing on April 30, 2001, Multiquip agreed to not knowingly rent or sell (or cause to be rented or sold) any products that contain, or produce fumes or gases that contain, nickel, chromium, and/or carbon monoxide in California unless such products comply with the warning requirements found in Section 1.1 of the Agreement.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $24,945, 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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