By  on June 4, 2010

The Center for Environmental Health has reached a $1.7 million settlement with more than 40 retailers, including Macy’s Inc., J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Saks Inc., and distributors in a lawsuit that sought to reduce the amount of lead in handbags and other accessories.

According to the terms of the settlement filed with a California state court, payments from each defendant will be used partly to help fund the Oakland-based organization’s work to educate and protect Californians from toxic health hazards. They also will go to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

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