Moore v. E.T. Browne Drug Co., Inc.

Posted: 05/26/2017  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Moore v. E.T. Browne Drug Co., Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on May 26, 2017.  In this matter, citizen enforcer John Moore alleged that E.T. Browne Drug Co., Inc. (“E.T. Browne”) sold sunscreen containing the chemical benzophenone in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.  

As part of the agreement, E.T. Browne agreed not to sell any sunscreen in California after the Alameda County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the sunscreen contains no more than 20 parts per million of benzophenone in the finished product when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of up to $39,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Moore and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.   

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