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Nov. 10 – US: Major retailers agree to settle lead claims

From the Los Angeles Times:

Three major retailers have agreed to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle a lawsuit stemming from the companies’ sale of toys containing excessive amounts of lead, the California attorney general’s office said Thursday. Under the agreement, Target Corp., Toys R Us Inc. and Kmart would pay a total of $454,000 in civil penalties and other fines.

The retailers, along with several manufacturers including Mattel Inc., were sued by the attorney general’s office and the Los Angeles city attorney’s office in November 2007 after the firms were found to have sold or made toys with unsafe levels of lead paint. The products violated federal toy safety standards and Proposition 65, a state law dealing with toxic substances, and led to a spate of recalls.

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