Vermont Attorney General (AG) William Sorrell has sued a national discount chain for allegedly violating a 2010 settlement requiring the company to stop selling jewelry in the state. Vermont v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., No. 420-7-14 (Vt. Super. Ct., Washington Unit, filed July 7, 2014).
According to the agreement, the defendant “had previously sold items of jewelry in Vermont that contained high levels of toxic lead,” but agreed to stop selling “any product commonly understood to be jewelry.” The AG complaint alleges that in violation of the ban, the defendant “subsequently sold over 30,000 items of jewelry—bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces” in the state. Alleging unfair and deceptive acts and practices, the AG seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation and the costs of investigation and litigation. See Vermont AG Press Release, July 22, 2014.