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Golden Gift, L.L.C., a Limited Liability Corporation Provisional Acceptance of a Settlement Agreement and Order

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AGENCY:

Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

It is the policy of the Commission to publish settlements which it provisionally accepts under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act in the Federal Register in accordance with the terms of 16 CFR 1118.20. Published below is a provisionally-accepted Settlement Agreement with Golden Gift, L.L.C., a limited liability corporation containing a civil penalty of $125,000.

DATES:

Any interested person may ask the Commission not to accept his agreement or otherwise comment on its contents by filing a written request with the Office of the Secretary by May 23, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Persons wishing to comment on this Settlement Agreement should send written comments to the Comment 02-C0005 Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dennis C. Kacoyanis, Trial Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207; telephone (301) 504-0980, 1346.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The text of the Agreement and Order appears below.

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Dated: May 2, 2002.

Todd A. Stevenson,

Secretary.

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In the Matter of Golden Gift, L.L.C., a Limited Liability Corporation; Settlement Agreement and Order

1. Golden Gift, L.L.C. (hereinafter, “Golden Gift” or “Respondent”), a limited liability corporation, enters into this Settlement Agreement and Order (hereinafter, “Settlement Agreement”) or “Agreement”) with the staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and agrees to the entry to the attached Order incorporated by reference herein. The purpose of the Settlement Agreement is to settle the staff's allegations that Golden Gift knowingly violated sections 4a) and (c) of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), 15 U.S.C. 1263(a) and (c).

I. The Parties

2. The “staff” is the staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent regulatory commission of the United States government, established pursuant to section 4 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), 15 U.S.C. 2053.

3. Golden Gift is a limited liability corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California. Golden Gift's address is 2944 East 44th Street, Vernon, CA 90058. Golden Gift is an importer and wholesaler of toys.

II. Allegations of the Staff

A. Toys Intended for Children Under Three Years Old

4. On eight occasions between June 15, 1999, and September 6, 2000, Golden Gift introduced or caused the introduction into interstate commerce; and received in interstate commerce and delivered or proffered delivery thereof for pay or otherwise, eight (8) kinds of toys (92,960 retail units) intended for use by children under three years old. These toys are identified and described as follows:

Sample No.ProductEntry dateExporterQuantity
99-860-5381Cartoon Car06/15/99Golden Bridge3,200
99-860-5382School Bus06/15/99Golden Bridge960
99-860-5383Toy Tricycle06/15/99Golden Bridge1,200
99-860-5990Animal Train Piano09/12/99Golden Bridge1,200
99-860-6431Toy Phone07/22/99Golden Bridge3,600
00-860-6538Shaking Drum Window02/23/00Topwell18,000
00-860-6540Toy Bell02/23/00Topwell28,800
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00-860-6543Toy Bell03/02/00Topwell28,800
00-860-6668Fruit Telephone09/06/00Longbao7,200

5. The toys identified in paragraph 4 above are intended for children under three years old and are subject to the Commission's Small Parts Regulation, 16 CFR part 1501.

6. The toys identified in paragraph 4 above failed to comply with the Commission's Small Parts Regulation, 16 CFR part 1501, in that when tested under the “use and abuse” test methods specified in 16 CFR 1500.51 and .52, (a) one or more parts of each tested toy separated and (b) one or more of the separated parts from each of the toys fit completely within the small parts test cylinder, and set forth in 16 CFR 1501.4.

7. Because the separated parts fit completely within the test cylinder as described in paragraph 6 above, each of the toys identified in paragraph 4 above presents a “mechanical hazard” within the meaning of section 2(s) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. 1261(s) (choking, aspiration, and/or ingestion of small parts).

8. Each of the toys identified in paragraph 4 above is a “hazardous substance” pursuant to section 2(f)(1)(D) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. 1261(f)(1)(D).

9. Each of the toys identified in paragraph 4 above is a “banned hazardous substance” pursuant to section 2(q)(1)(A) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. 1261(q)(1)(A) and 16 CFR 1500.18(a)(9) because it is intended for use by children under three years of age and bears or contains a hazardous substance as described in paragraph 8 above; and because it presents a mechanical hazard as described in paragraph 7 above.

10. Golden Gift knowingly introduced or caused the introduction into interstate commerce; and received in interstate commerce and delivered or proffered delivery thereof for pay or otherwise, the banned hazardous toys, identified in paragraph 4 above, in violation of sections 4(a) and (c) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1263(a) and (c).

B. Toys Intended for Use by Children Who Are at Least Three Years Old But Less Than Six Years Old

11. On three occasions between August 31, 1999 and March 2, 2000, Golden Gift introduced or caused the introduction into interstate commerce; and received in interstate commerce and delivered or proffered delivery thereof for pay or otherwise, three (3) kinds of toys (588,020 retail units) intended for use by children who are at least three years old but less than six years old. These toys are identified and described as follows:

Sample No.ProductEntry dateExporterQuantity
99-860-6470Marbles08/31/99Golden Bridge7,220
00-860-653927 mm Ball02/23/00Topwell268,800
00-860-654138 mm Ball02/23/00Topwell21,600
00-860-654227 mm Ball03/02/00Topwell268,800
00-860-654438 mm Ball03/02/00Topwell21,600

12. The toys identified in paragraph 11 above are subject to, but failed to comply with the Labeling Requirements for Certain Toys and Games under sections 24(b)(2)(B) and (b)(2)(C) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. 1278(b)(2)(B) and (b)(3)(B) and 16 CFR 1500.19(b)(3)(i) and (b)(4)(i) in that the toys did not bear the required cautionary label.

13. Because they lacked the required labeling, the toys identified in paragraph 11 above are “misbranded hazardous substances” pursuant to sections 2(p)(1)(D) and 24(d) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. 1261(p)(1)(D) and 24(d) and 16 CFR §§ 1500.19(b)(3)(i) and (b)(4)(i).

14. Golden Gift knowingly introduced or caused the introduction into interstate commerce; and received in interstate commerce and delivered or proffered delivery thereof for pay or otherwise, the misbranded hazardous toys identified in paragraph 11 above, in violation of sections 4(a) and (c) of the FHSA, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1263(a) and (c).

III. Response of Golden Gift

15. Golden Gift denies the allegations of the staff set forth in paragraphs 4 through 14 above.

IV. Agreement of the Parties

16. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over Golden Gift and the subject matter of this Settlement Agreement and Order under the Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq. and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), 15 U.S.C. 1261 et seq.

17. This Agreement is entered into for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by Golden Gift or a determination by the Commission that Golden Gift knowingly violated the FHSA.

18. Upon provisional acceptance of this Settlement Agreement and Order by the Commission, this Settlement Agreement and Order shall be placed on the public record and shall be published in the Federal Register in accordance with the procedures set forth in 16 CFR 1118.20(e)-(h). If the Commission does not receive any written request not to accept the Settlement Agreement and Order within 15 days, the Settlement Agreement and Order will be deemed to be finally accepted on the 16th day after the date it is published in the Federal Register.

19. Upon final acceptance of this Settlement Agreement by the Commission and issuance of the Final Order, Golden Gift knowingly, voluntarily, and completely waives any rights it may have in this matter (1) to an administrative or judicial hearing, (2) to judicial review or other challenge or contest of the validity of the Commission's actions, (3) to a determination by the Commission as to whether Golden Gift failed to comply with the FHSA as aforesaid, (4) to a statement of findings of fact and conclusions of law, and (5) to any claims under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

20. In settlement of the staff's allegations, Golden Gift agrees to pay a $125,000.00 civil penalty as set forth in the attached Order incorporated herein by reference.

21. The Commission may publicize the terms of this Settlement Agreement and Order.

22. Upon final acceptance by the Commission of this Settlement Agreement and Order, the Commission shall issue the attached Order. Start Printed Page 30882

23. A violation of the attached Order shall subject Golden Gift to appropriate legal action.

24. Agreements, understandings, representations, or interpretations made outside this Settlement Agreement and Order may not be used to vary or contradict its terms.

25. The provisions of this Settlement Agreement and Order shall apply to, and be binding upon, Golden Gift and each of its shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, assigns, and representatives, directly or through any corporation, subsidiary, division, or other business entity, or through any agency, device, or instrumentality.

Respondent Golden Gift, L.L.C.

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Dated: March 22, 2002.

Isaac Alchalel

Owner, Golden Gate, L.L.C., 2944 East 44th Street, Vernon, CA 90058.

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Commission Staff

Alan H. Schoem,

Assistant Executive Director, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Compliance, Washington, DC 20207-001.

Eric L. Stone,

Director, Legal Division, Office of Compliance.

Dennis C. Kacoyanis,

Legal Division, Office of Compliance.

Order

Upon consideration of the Settlement Agreement entered into between Respondent Golden Gift, L.L.C. (hereinafter, “Golden Gate” or “Respondent”), a limited liability corporation, and the staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission having jurisdiction over the subject matter and Golden Gift; and it appearing that the Settlement Agreement and Order is in the public interest, it is

Ordered, that the Settlement Agreement be and hereby is accepted, and it is

further ordered, that upon final acceptance of the Settlement Agreement and Order, Respondent Golden Gift, L.L.C. shall pay to the United States Treasury a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred twenty-five thousand and 00/100 dollars ($125,000.00) in three (3) payments. The first payment of forty-two thousand and 00/100 dollars ($42,000.00) shall be paid within twenty (20) days after service of the Final Order of the Commission (hereinafter, “anniversary date”). The second payment of forty-two thousand and 00/100 dollars ($42,000.00) shall be paid within one (1) year of the anniversary date. The third payment of forty-one thousand and 00/100 dollars ($41,000.00) shall be paid within two (2) years of the anniversary date. Upon the failure of Respondent Golden Gift, L.L.C. to make a payment or on the making of a late payment by Respondent Golden Gift, L.L.C. (a) the entire amount of the civil penalty shall be due and payable, and (b) interest on the outstanding balance shall accrue and be paid at the federal legal rate of interest under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. §  1961(a) and (c).

Provisionally accepted and provisional Order issued on the 2nd day of May, 2002.

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Todd A. Stevenson,

Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Finally accepted and final Order issued on the _day of___,

By order of the Commission.

Todd A. Stevenson,

Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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[FR Doc. 02-11329 Filed 5-7-02; 8:45 am]

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