Proposed Settlement Over CSI Fingerprint Kits that Contain Asbestos

Proposed Settlement Over CSI Fingerprint Kits that Contain Asbestos

July 6, 2009 - Public Justice and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced today a proposed settlement of a nationwide class action against CBS and major toy retailers. If the proposed settlement is approved, it will include a nationwide recall of CSI-branded toy science kits as well as cash refunds for consumers. Based on the television series "CSI," the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Fingerprint Examination Kit (CSI Exam Kit) and the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Forensic Lab Kit (CSI Lab Kit) had been found to contain tremolite asbestos in the fingerprint powder.

Awaiting court approval, the settlement provides cash refunds to consumers throughout the U.S. that purchased or received as a gift one or more CSI Exam Kits or Lab Kits. Consumers seeking refunds must submit a claim form to a claims administrator by January 14, 2010, and have the option of sending the toy kits to the claims administrator at no cost. Requests for claim forms may be submitted at www.csitoyssettlement.com.

The settlement for the federal class action was given preliminary approval by a New York federal court in May, and awaits final approval.

If Approved, Settlement Would Resolve Prop 65 Class Action in California

Under Proposition 65, businesses are required to give California consumers a "clear and reasonable warning" if a product contains any chemical known to cause cancer or birth defects. Asbestos falls under this category, as it is known to cause several types of cancer, including mesothelioma, a particularly deadly cancer affecting the lining of the lungs and other organs. Filed April 11, 2008, by Alan Brayton of Brayton Purcell and Raphael Metzger of the Metzger Law Group on behalf of the ADAO, the suit alleged Planet Toys failed to abide by California state law and inadequately warned consumers of the asbestos within the kits.

Brayton Purcell, Public Justice and the ADAO-Protecting the Legal Rights of Consumers and Asbestos Victims

Alan Brayton, past president of the Public Justice Foundation, has been an active supporter of Public Justice for more than 14 years. Mr. Brayton has served on the Public Justice Foundation Board of Directors for nine years, and on the Executive Committee of the Public Justice Foundation since 2001. For over 24 years, the law firm of Brayton Purcell has been extensively involved in protecting the legal rights of asbestos victims.

Public Justice is America's public interest law firm. Dedicated to using trial lawyers' and other attorneys' skills and resources to advance the public good, Public Justice is supported by a nationwide network of more than 3,000 of the nation's top lawyers to pursue precedent-setting and socially significant litigation.

Founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice. The ADAO works to ensure the rights of asbestos victims are fairly represented and protected, while raising public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and often deadly asbestos related diseases. ADAOis an independent volunteer organization.