Brimer v. I Apparel Group LLC

Posted: 09/22/2011  browse the case archive

On September 22, 2011, citizen enforcer Russell Brimer and settling defendant I Apparel Group LLC ("I Apparel"), entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Brimer's allegations that I Apparel sold belts containing the phthalate chemicals di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP"), di-n-butyl phthalate ("DBP") and the heavy metal lead in the State of California without providing the health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement agreement, I Apparel agreed not to sell any belts after November 22, 2011, that will be sold or offered for sale to California consumers, unless the belts comply with the Lead Limits or Phthalate Limits set forth in Section 3.1 of the Settlement Agreement.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $27,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Brimer and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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