Design Within Reach Case Settlement
Design Within Reach Case Settles for $25,000
On March 1, 2019, a case was settled with Design Within Reach (Stamford, Connecticut)) for selling, supplying, and offering for sale in California non-compliant finished goods that contained medium density fiberboard (MDF). The product, a Finn Juhl Credenza, contained MDF that was procured from a panel producer that did not have a current third party certification program as required by the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products that has been in effect since January 1, 2009 (title 17 California Code of Regulations sections 93120 through 93120.12). In addition, Design Within Reach was found in violation of not taking reasonable and prudent precautions because Design Within Reach purchased and sold finished goods containing composite wood products without written documentation from their supplier stating that the products comply with CARB’s emission Standards. Design Within Reach has since ensured that the current design of the credenza meets CARB’s emission standards and third party certification requirements, and has discontinued the sale of the non-compliant credenza. Design Within Reach has agreed to pay $25,000.00 to settle this case.