DiPirro v. Rockford Products Corporation, Rockford International Group Division, et al.

Posted: 10/28/2001  browse the case archive

In the case DiPirro v. Rockford Products Corporation, et al., the parties executed a Consent Judgment on October 28, 2001, which resolved citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro's allegations that the defendants Rockford Products Corporation and Rockford International Group Division (collectively "Rockford") sold machine screws and certain other brass-containing hardware containing the heavy metal lead in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, Rockford agreed not to sell any machine screws or other brass-containing hardware in California after December 15, 2001, unless the products have Proposition 65 warnings provided. The settlement sum does not include additional fees incurred should the office of the Attorney General require further information or need to clarify some aspect of the Consent Judgment.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $12,500, 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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