Held v. Deflecto, LLC

Posted: 09/21/2018  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Held v. Deflecto, LLC executed a Consent Judgment on September 21, 2018.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Deflecto, LLC (“Deflecto”) sold vinyl/PVC suction cups 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 agreement, Deflecto agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC suction cups in California after the Santa Clara County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the suction cups contain less than 1,000 parts of million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies OR have Proposition 65 warnings provided.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of up to $42,000, 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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