On March 7, 2022, Ecological Alliance, LLC ("Plaintiff'), represented by Abiri Robert filed a civil action against The Kroger Co. and Does 1-10, (“Defendants”), seeking injunctive relief, civil penalties and costs of litigation, among other reliefs, for the Defendants’ alleged violation of health and safety code by the Defendants. This case was filed in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, California.
In the complaint the Plaintiff alleged that, “This Complaint is brought in the public interest of the People of the State of California to enforce their right to be informed of the presence of chemicals, including Lead, listed by the State of California pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, codified at Health and Safety Code section 25249.6 et seq. Defendants' products contain Lead and consumers of Products in the State of California are exposed to the Lead through ingestion of the Products.”
The Plaintiffs also alleged that, “Plaintiffs testing found that one serving of Kroger spinach with bacon salad kits exposes a consumer to approximately 70.1 micrograms of Lead, over 140 times greater than the 0.5 micrograms allowed per day for adults by Proposition 65. Plaintiffs testing found that one serving of Simple Truth Organic berry medley exposes a consumer to approximately 8.34 micrograms of Lead, over 16 times greater than the 0.5 micrograms allowed per day for adults by Proposition 65.”
The Plaintiff further alleged that, “Plaintiff sent notice of violation letters ("60-Day Notices"), dated June 18, 2021; July 12, 2021; July 13, 2021; and October 25, 2021; to The Kroger Co., and to California's Attorney General. Identical letters were sent to every District Attorney in the state, to the City Attorneys of every California city with a population greater than 750,000, and to all Defendants, Attached to the 60-Day Notices were Certificates of Merit attesting to the reasonable and meritorious basis for this action, Certificates of Service attesting to service of the letters on each entity described above, and a description of Proposition 65 prepared by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Furthermore, factual information sufficient to establish the basis of the Certificates of Merit was enclosed with the 60-Day Notice sent to California's Attorney General. After receiving the claims asserted in the 60-Day Notice, the public enforcement agencies have failed to commence and diligently prosecute a cause of action against Defendants under Proposition 65.”
The only claim for relief laid down by the Plaintiff deals with the alleged violation of Proposition 65.
In their prayer for relief, the Plaintiff has requested that the Court preliminarily and permanently enjoin Defendants from manufacturing, distributing, offering for sale, selling, and/or serving in the State of California Products that contain the Listed Chemical 25 without first providing a "clear and reasonable warning" under Proposition 65; assess civil penalties against Defendants in such amount as the Court deems appropriate up to $2,500 per violation, along with reasonable attorneys' fees and costs of suit; and grant such other and further relief as may be just and proper.
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ECOLOGICAL ALLIANCE LLC
THE KROGER CO.
3/7/2022: Unknown - ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PACKET
3/7/2022: Unknown - FIRST AMENDED GENERAL ORDER RE: MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING
3/7/2022: Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet
3/7/2022: Notice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case
3/7/2022: Summons - SUMMONS ON COMPLAINT
3/7/2022: Civil Case Cover Sheet
3/30/2022: Order to Show Cause Failure to File Proof of Service
3/30/2022: Notice of Case Management Conference
Hearing07/21/2022 at 09:00 AM in Department 16 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Case Management ConferenceRead MoreRead Less
Hearing07/21/2022 at 09:00 AM in Department 16 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: Failure to File Proof of ServiceRead MoreRead Less
DocketOrder to Show Cause Failure to File Proof of Service; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketNotice of Case Management Conference; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketSummons (on Complaint); Filed by Ecological Alliance, LLC (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketAlternate Dispute Resolution Packet; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketVoluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketNotice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by Ecological Alliance, LLC (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketComplaint; Filed by Ecological Alliance, LLC (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketFirst Amended General Order re: Mandatory Electronic Filing; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
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