The Public Health Trust is currently managing the following settlements.
Dietary Weight Loss Products
The settlement of claims alleging illegal sale of Weight Loss Patch products to California consumers (People of the State of California v. CVS Pharmacy Inc., et al.) included a $30,000 payment to the Public Health Trust, which shall establish a fund to educate and inform the public on benefits and dangers of dietary supplements.
Lead in Artificial Turf
The settlement of a Proposition 65 claim against Beaulieu Group, LLC et al. alleging that the defendant exposed California consumers to lead from artificial turf without first providing consumers clear and reasonable warnings that the products contain lead (People of the State of California v. Beaulieu Group LLC, et al.) resulted in a $230,000 payment to the Public Health Trust. Funds will be used to support outreach and testing of artificial turf at licensed day care centers, schools, public playing fields and other locations in California, research into good maintenance practices and public education about lead in consumer products.
Unapproved or Misbranded Drugs or Devices
The settlement of a claim that the Maritzmayer Laboratories distributed unapproved or misbranded drugs or medical devices to California consumers (People of the State of California v. Maritzmayer Laboratories, Inc. et al.) resulted in a $3200 payment to the Public Health Trust. The settlement directs that the funds be used for general support of the Public Health Trust.
Airplane Exhaust Emissions
The settlement of a Proposition 65 lawsuit alleging that airline and airfreight companies failed to warn consumers health hazards of exhaust fumes from jet engines and equipment used to service airplanes (Environmental World Watch, Inc. v. Aeroflot, et al.) resulted in a $376,647 payment to the Public Health Trust. The settlement directs PHT to use the funds for environmental protection, worker health and safety, or education on human exposure to hazardous substances.
The settlement of a claim that California consumers were exposed to lead through the manufacture, distribution and sale of toys made of materials that contain lead or lead compounds, without being provided "clear and reasonable" warnings (People of the State of California v. The Mattel Company, et al.) resulted in a $701,727 payment to the Public Health Trust. These funds will become the Toy Testing and Outreach Fund. The fund will support projects to monitor compliance with limitations on lead in children's products in California, and to identify and implement outreach measures with respect to recalls of children's products, including reasonable efforts to communicate information about such recalls to consumers who do not have internet access and/or who do not speak English.
The settlement of a claim against U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company for distribution of smokeless tobacco products at Pomona Raceway in Los Angeles County (People of the State of California v. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company) resulted in a $150,000 payment to the Public Health Trust. The funds are for the support of tobacco control education and outreach programs.
Lead in Mexican-style Candy
This settlement was the result of a Proposition 65 lawsuit alleging the presence of toxic levels of lead in candy, specifically Mexican candies containing dried chilies (People of the State of California v. Alpro Alimento Proteinico, S.A. de C.V., et al.). The funds under this settlement support the following: community education about lead poisoning and about potentially-harmful candy products; technical assistance to small candy producers working to comply with the requirements of the Consent Judgment; laboratory equipment to test Mexican candy; and the recruitment of Opt-In Defendants.