Toxic Product Suits against Lowe’s and Others
Failure to inform the public about the presence of toxic chemicals such as lead and DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) in their products landed Lowe's Companies Inc., Atlantic Hosiery & Apparel Inc., and Valley Industries Corp. in separate product liability lawsuits in California state court.
Law 360 (subscription required) reports that the possible class-action lawsuits were filed against the defendants for violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as Proposition 65.
The lawsuits claim that defendants’ products contained banned chemicals such as lead and DEHP and they did not inform the public about the presence of such dangerous chemicals and the associated risks. These chemicals can cause birth injuries and some reproductive problems.
The plaintiffs filed the complaints in the public interest of the residents of California and appealed to the court to order the companies to stop selling the products without the necessary legal warning about the risks. They also requested the imposition of a fine of $2,500 per day on the companies for each violation, reports Law360.