Brimer v. Regent Products Corp.

Posted: 12/18/2013  browse the case archive

In Brimer v. Inventory Liquidators Corp.; Regent Products Corp., the parties executed a Consent Judgment on December 18, 2013, which resolved citizen enforcer Russell Brimer’s allegations that the defendant Regent Products Corp. (“Regent”) sold planners with vinyl/PVC covers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings. 

As part of the settlement, Regent agreed not to sell any planners with vinyl/PVC covers in California after March 1, 2013, unless the planners contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.  Should Regent provide written certification that all of the planners sold in California qualify as reformulated by December 15, 2013, Brimer agreed to waive a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied. 

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $44,100, 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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