California attorney general alleges jewelry manufacturer sells items with lead to children

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit Dec. 5 against Los Angeles jewelry manufacturer Luxy Accessory Inc. (Luxy), and its owner Hyun Sook Kim, for allegations of selling jewelry with elevated levels of cadmium and lead.

Becerra’s office says much of the jewelry sold by Luxy is targeted at children and tagged as “lead free.” By selling jewelry with lead levels exceeding allowed amounts, Luxy purportedly violated California’s Metal Containing Jewelry Law and the Unfair Competition Law. Becerra is joined by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in the lawsuit. They seek injunctive relief that will ban Luxy from selling non-compliant jewelry.

“Lead and cadmium are highly toxic metals that can cause a host of physical and behavioral health problems at low levels of exposure, especially for our children,” Becerra said. “Luxy has continued to blatantly violate our laws, and in the process, jeopardized the wellbeing of our sons and daughters. The California Department of Justice has zero tolerance for this type of egregious behavior. As the former congressman from the area where Luxy is based, I know firsthand that the surrounding communities are sick and tired of the collective damage lead is causing their children.”

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