On February 4, 2010, the CPSC announced a settlement with importer Schylling Associates, Inc. (Schylling) over allegations that the company distributed certain toys that violated the federal prohibition on children’s products containing excessive levels of lead. According to the CPSC, Schylling knowingly distributed approximately 80,000 spinning top and tin pail toys containing more than 600 ppm of lead in their paint or surface coatings between January 2002 and May 2003. At the time of distribution, children’s products containing more than 600 ppm in paint or surface coatings were subject to a federal ban. (As of August 14, 2009, children’s products may not contain more than 90 ppm in their paint or surface coatings under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.) Schylling agreed to pay US$200,000 in civil penalties, but denied that it violated federal law.