DiPirro v. Plasplugs, Inc., et al.

Posted: 01/09/2001  browse the case archive

Citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro's suit against Plasplugs, Inc. concluded through a Consent Judgment that was executed in DiPirro v. Plasplugs, Inc., et al., on January 9, 2002. The settlement resolved Michael DiPirro's allegations that Plasplugs sold power tools whose customary use and application is likely to produce fumes, gases, or dust containing lead, crystalline silica, arsenic, and chromium in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement agreement, Plasplugs agreed to place Proposition 65 health hazard warnings on power tools it sold after December 20, 2001.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $18,250, 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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