Held v. Enchante Accessories Inc.

Posted: 06/25/2018  browse the case archive

On June 25, 2018, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling party Enchante Accessories Inc. (“Enchante”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Held had alleged that Enchante sold vinyl/PVC storage bin handles 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, Enchante agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC storage bin handles in California after June 25, 2018, unless the handles contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or have Proposition 65 warnings included. Held has agreed to waive a portion of the civil penalty should Enchante certify on or before August 30, 2018, that all vinyl/PVC storage bin handles distributed, shipped, or sold to California retailers are reformulated producrs.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of up to $29,500, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to citizen enforcer Held and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest. 

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