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Companies sued over massive amount of lead found in toy jewelry

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ALBANY -

New York state is suing Walmart, Target, and Randolph-based LaRose Industries for importing and selling children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits.

According to State Attorney General Barbara Underwood, the lawsuit filed in an Albany court Thursday names Walmart, Target and LaRose Industries, importer of the "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were recalled back in 2016.

The lawsuit says the retail giants and the importer "committed thousands of violations" of state laws regulating the safety of children's toys sold in New York.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and court-ordered assurances the toys won't be sold again in New York.

Spokespeople for Walmart and Target both say the companies stopped selling the toys after the recall.

A message seeking comment was left with LaRose.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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