California judge orders Walgreens to pay $16M

AP News

12/13/2012 4:53:35 PM - AP News

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has ordered drugstore chain Walgreens to pay $16.57 million to settle a lawsuit claiming more than 600 of its stores in the state illegally dumped hazardous waste.

The settlement announced Thursday stems from a lawsuit filed in June by district attorneys around the state. The legal action followed inspections of trash bins at Walgreens stores.

It accused the stores of illegally handling and disposing pesticides, bleach, paint, pharmaceutical waste and other items. The stores were also accused of unlawfully disposing of customer records containing confidential medical information.

A call to Illinois-based Walgreen Co. by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

The district attorneys say Walgreens has adopted new policies to properly handle hazardous waste and customer records.