Hardware, Woodworking Power/Machine and Hand Tools

Hardware, Woodworking Power/Machine and Hand Tools

The Chanler Group's clients have negotiated a multitude of settlements with companies selling hardware, power woodworking tools, and hand tools that contain the heavy metal lead or phthalates in their grips or in their vinyl components.  Such cases are especially important to The Chanler Group's clients because these products tend to be used by consumers on a regular basis. Lead and phthalates are known to the State of California to cause birth defects and reproductive harm, and repetitive, frequent use of products containing them increases the risks posed by exposure.  

As a neurotoxin, lead has been shown to negatively affect the nervous system, especially children's brains. Research has shown that repeated exposure to lead cumulatively affects the developing nervous system and, over time, can lead to attention deficit, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss, behavioral problems, and diminished intellectual ability.

Phthalates are "plasticizers," substances added to plastic components and materials in consumer products to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.  The Chanler Group's clients regularly investigate the presence of phthalate chemicals such as di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP"), butyl benzyl phthalate ("BBP") and Di-n-butyl phthalate ("DBP") which are often found in consumer products. 

The hardware industry also includes products made for soldering, welding, and brazing, all of which join pieces of solid metal using either extreme heat or a metal filler.  Lead is widely used in soldering, welding, and brazing products.

The Chanler Group's clients have significantly minimized the amount of lead in products used throughout this industry by initiating actions against companies that sell soldering, welding, and brazing products containing lead.  Because of the size and sophistication of a majority of the settling defendants, the impact of this litigation on the hardware, hand tool, and household product industries has been far-reaching, and the public benefit has been substantial. The resulting settlements have made this industry less toxic by obtaining commitments from manufacturers for the use of lead-free soldering, welding, and brazing products.   

To review legal agreements which The Chanler Group's clients have reached with companies that sell hardware, woodworking power tools, machine tools, and hand tools, please see the cases below.

firm casework - enforcement

May 15, 2019
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On May 15, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Bondhus Corporation (“Bondhus”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that Bondhus sold vinyl tool pouches containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health...
May 7, 2019
DBP, DEHP, DINP, Lead
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Wozniak v. Service Tool Company, L.L.C. executed a Consent Judgment on May 7, 2019.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak alleged that Service Tool Company, L.L.C.  (“STC”) sold electrical test kits, vinyl/PVC electrical tape, and voltage testers with vinyl/PVC cords containing di(2-ethylhexyl)...
May 2, 2019
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On May 2, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Wilde Tool Co., Inc. (“Wilde Tool”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that Wilde Tool sold vinyl tool pouches containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health...
April 19, 2019
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Held v. Gateway Safety. Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on April 19, 2019.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Gateway Safety, Inc. (“Gateway”) sold safety products with vinyl/PVC components containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”)...
April 9, 2019
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On April 9, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party National Safety Apparel, Inc. (“National Safety”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that National Safety sold PVC hoods containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the...
March 22, 2019
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On March 22, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Deluxe Trailer Supply Center, Inc. (“Deluxe Trailer”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that Deluxe Trailer sold test lights with vinyl components containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of...
March 14, 2019
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Vinocur v. M. Eagles Tool Warehouse, Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on March 14, 2019.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur alleged that M. Eagles Tool Warehouse, Inc. (“M. Eagles”) sold circuit testers with vinyl/PVC components containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (...
February 15, 2019
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Moore v. Genuine Parts Company, et al. executed a Consent Judgment on February 15, 2019.  In this matter, citizen enforcer John Moore alleged that Balkamp Inc. (“Balkamp”), Genuine Parts Company  (“Genuine Parts”), and Ullman Devices Corporation (“Ullman”) (collectively...