AG, City Attorney, seek suit against toy companies

first_imgFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The California attorney general and Los Angeles city attorney said they would file a lawsuit today against Mattel Inc., Toys R Us Inc. and 18 other companies over products that they say contain “unlawful quantities of lead.” The move follows major recalls of toys, lunchboxes, children’s jewelry and other goods during the last year by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington. The suit, to be filed in Alameda County Superior Court under California’s Proposition 65 law, would force manufacturers and retailers to adopt procedures for inspecting products to make sure they are safe. Barring that, they would be required to warn consumers that the items contained chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre El Segundo-based Mattel, the lead defendant in the lawsuit, said it welcomed the attorney general’s involvement and added that it would be helpful for the entire toy industry. Proposition 65, a successful ballot initiative known as the Safe Drinking Water Enforcement Act of 1986, allows the state to collect civil penalties of as much as $2,500 for each of the millions of contaminated items. “Obviously, they do not want to put warnings. They are going to eliminate the lead or eliminate the product,” said Attorney General Jerry Brown. “But, going forward, we want to prevent these kind of things from happening.” Brown, whose suit was joined by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, said he expected the companies to settle the lawsuit by agreeing to “conditions such as testing or putting independent monitors in foreign countries.” last_img read more