BERKELEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–California consumers will receive new protections against toxic
materials routinely used by Chinese manufacturers in everyday goods
thanks to a settlement reached yesterday in Santa Clara County Superior
Court, according to an attorney who negotiated the agreement.
The agreement, approved by Judge James Stoelker, requires DAP Inc., a
large Chinese manufacturer, to reformulate consumer products to comply
with California’s Proposition 65 right-to-know toxics law.
DAP Inc. manufactures millions of handle grips used on hand tools and
tape measures that are sold throughout the United States by TARGET
Stores. Those products were found to include the reproductive toxicant
di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), which is regulated under Proposition
65. The manufacturer has now agreed to remove the hazardous chemical.
“If Chinese companies sell products in the United States, they must
abide by our consumer protection laws,” said Cliff Chanler, the attorney
who negotiated the agreement. “Californians have the right to know
whether or not they are buying products containing chemicals that cause
developmental harm to their children.”
Last month the Chanler Group became the first law firm to successfully
use an American federal or state law as a basis for international
prosecution of a Chinese company — Hangzhou GreatStar Tool Co., Ltd. —
to attain a toxic product reformulation. Hangzhou GreatStar distributes
their products through LOWE’S.
The agreements require the Chinese companies to reformulate every
product at issue to eliminate DEHP and to pay civil penalties totaling
as much as $ 65,000, 75 percent of which will go to the State of
California to protect and enhance public health and the environment.
Chanler says he expects that additional Chinese manufacturers will be
held accountable for the safety of products sold to American consumers,
indicating that yet another toxic materials settlement will be reached
Details of the Hangzhou
GreatStar and DAP
settlements, as well as the executed agreements, are available at www.chanler.com.
Chanler is available to discuss these cases, as well as the broader
issues of hazardous materials in foreign-made products sold in the U.S.
He can be reached at (203) 312-4484 or at [email protected].