Held v. Cosrich Group, Inc.; PMC Global, Inc.; CWC Inventories, Inc.

Posted: 08/19/2010  browse the case archive

On August 19, 2010, the Los Angeles County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Held v. Cosrich Group, Inc., et al., which resolved citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E.'s allegations that the defendants Cosrich Group, Inc.; PMC Global, Inc., and CWC Inventories, Inc. (collectively "Cosrich") sold soft vinyl zipper pulls 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, Cosrich Group agreed not to sell any vinyl zipper pulls in California after March 1, 2010, unless the zipper pulls contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state and federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $50,000, to be 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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