Walgreen To Pay $16.6M To Settle Calif. Toxic Waste Suit

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 7:05 PM EST) -- Walgreen Co. agreed Thursday to hand over $16.6 million to settle allegations brought by 44 California counties and municipalities that the pharmacy giant illegally dumped toxic waste and customers’ medical records into garbage cans at hundreds of locations.

The deal resolves claims that retail staffers across the Golden State flouted hazardous materials regulations by throwing latex paint, batteries, electronic devices, aerosol products, mercury-containing light bulbs, prescription drugs and bleach into standard trash receptacles. Walgreen will pay $11.2 million in civil penalties, $3.2 million for supplemental environmental...
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