Englander v. Chuck Latham Associates, Inc.

Posted: 10/23/2013  browse the case archive

In Englander v. Pet Food Express, Ltd. et al., citizen enforcer Peter Englander resolved his allegations that the defendant Chuck Latham Associates, Inc. (“Chuck Latham”) sold pet grooming hand tools 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, Chuck Latham agreed not to sell any pet grooming hand tools  in California after December 15, 2013, unless the tools contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state and federally approved testing methodologies. 

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $11,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Englander and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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