Leeman v. Raley's dba Nob Hill Foods

Posted: 02/20/2009  browse the case archive

On February 20, 2009, the Alameda County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Leeman v. Raley's, which resolved citizen enforcer Whitney R. Leeman, Ph.D.'s allegations that the defendant Raley's dba Nob Hill Foods ("Raley's") sold glass soda bottles with colored artwork containing the heavy metal lead on the exterior surface in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, Raley's agreed not to sell any glass soda bottles in California after May 31, 2008, unless the glass soda bottles have Proposition 65 health warnings affixed to them or comply with the reformulation standards of Section 2.3 of the Consent Judgment.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $10,000, 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 Leeman and her counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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