The California Attorney General’s Office has obtained a $1.6 Million default judgment against a (formerly) Los Angeles-based company that allegedly sold tainted jewelry that contained extremely high levels of both lead and cadmium. Both toxic metals are carcinogenic and are also known to cause reproductive toxicity and developmental harm. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) reports that one pendant it tested was found to contain approximately 80 percent lead and several other tainted jewelry items sold by the company were labeled “lead free.” A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge entered the default judgment against Luxy Accessory and its owner, Hyun Sook Kim. No one at the company was available for comment as the company’s telephone number was disconnected. Tainted costume jewelry accounted for dozens of Proposition 65 enforcement actions, product recalls and settlements starting in 2004. Since that time the number of cases have dropped dramatically because both the DTSC and the California Attorney General’s office became involved in prosecuting the cases. This case is perhaps the most egregious example of selling tainted children’s products to come down the pike in many years.pike in many years.
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