Judge: Company Will Pay $10M for Tainted Lunch Boxes

May 27, 2008

A judge has ordered a Los Angeles-based company to pay more than $10 million for selling the state lead-tainted lunch boxes.

The company, T.A. Creations, sold 100,000 children’s lunch boxes to the California Department of Health for a giveaway promotion after the company had been warned about the health risks posed by its products in 2006.

The state announced a recall of 56,000 of the giveaway lunch boxes last September. It also warned parents about another 300,000 lunch boxes that were distributed by the state in the past several years.

Tuesday’s judgment stemmed from a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court by the Center for Environmental Health. Under the judgment, $7.5 million will go to the state, and $2.5 million will go to the nonprofit.

T.A. Creations did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.

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