DiPirro v. Panasonic Factory Automation, et al.

Posted: 11/29/1999  browse the case archive

Citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro and settling party Panasonic Factory Automation ("PFA") entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement on September 29, 1999, resolving DiPirro's allegations that PFA sold welding machines, power sources, and other welding equipment whose customary use produces fumes that contain chemicals such as chromium, carbon monoxide, and nickel in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, PFA agreed not to sell the specific soldering products identified in the Settlement Agreement in California after November 19, 1999, unless the soldering products have Proposition 65 warnings provided in compliance with Section 1 of the Agreement.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $20,000, 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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