Michael DiPirro v. Jetline Engineering, Inc., et al.

Posted: 01/22/1999  browse the case archive

On January 22, 1999, citizen enforcer Michael DiPirro and settling party Jetline Engineering, Inc. entered into a settlement agreement which resolved DiPirro's allegations that Jetline sold power tools whose customary use and application produces fumes or gases containing carbon monoxide, chromium, lead and nickel in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

Jetline agreed to immediately initiate efforts to revise its current product or packaging labels as soon as commercially reasonable. Jetline further agreed to cease distribution or sale of any covered product by April 20, 1999, unless each product is accompanied by a revised warning label on or within the product packaging or affixed to the product itself.

The settlement agreement required payments of $3,000, as reimbursement of costs and fees to whistleblower DiPirro and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest. Civil penalties against Jetline were waived in recognition of the defendant's voluntary efforts with regard to the covered products, minimal sales of the covered products, and prior release of the covered products in separate settlement agreements or consent judgments.

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