Held v. Ascend Eagle Corporation

Posted: 06/01/2016  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Held v. Ascend Eagle Corporation executed a Consent Judgment on June 1, 2016.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Ascend Eagle Corporation (“Ascend”) sold vinyl/PVC gloves containing the phthalate chemical diisononyl phthalate (“DINP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.  

As part of the agreement, Ascend agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC gloves in California after the Santa Clara County Superior Court enters the Judgment, unless the gloves contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DINP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of $25,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Held and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.   

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