Los Angeles – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on #GivingTuesday that his Office has made an unprecedented award of $325,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to support maternal and fetal health as part of a $1.75-million settlement between Feuer’s office and a prenatal vitamin manufacturer. CHLA is the renowned nonprofit institution that provides significant comprehensive health services to sick children and to mothers and their prenatal infants.
“I’m very proud we were able to provide this crucial funding to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, whose vital care to our most vulnerable kids matters so much,” said Feuer. “Our settlement with Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems made this significant award possible, and had groundbreaking impact. Rainbow Light agreed to re-source ingredients and to conduct testing which has confirmed that its lead levels are substantially below state and federal limits. Additionally, through this settlement we’ve sent restitution checks totaling more than $1.1-million to 5,596 California consumers.”
The 2019 case began after Feuer’s Office noted that Rainbow Light had advertised its vitamins as “free of heavy metals” and made with materials “with the lowest detectable lead level” on the market. Yet when tested by an independent, third-party lab, results showed that they were not completely “free of heavy metals.” After the City Attorney’s office brought these results to the attention of Rainbow Light, the company quickly removed its allegedly misleading advertising, fully cooperated with the Office, and entered into a $1.75- million settlement including restitution and a provision that allowed for remaining funds to be distributed to CHLA.
CHLA is a nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care and helps its patients more than half a million times each year in a setting designed just for their needs. Its medical experts offer more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services and overall, CHLA provides more than $316.2 million in community benefits each year to children and families.
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Supervising Deputy City Attorney Christina Tusan and Deputy City Attorneys William Pletcher and Rebecca Morse, all of the Consumer and Workplace Protection Unit, handled this matter for the City Attorney’s Office.