Held v. Essendant Co.

Posted: 07/17/2018  browse the case archive
On July 17, 2018, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling party Essendant Co. (“Essendant”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Held had alleged that Essendant sold battery clamp handles containing heavy metal lead in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings. 
As part of the settlement, Essendant agreed not to sell any battery clamp handles in California after October 1, 2018, unless the handles contain less than 90 parts per million of lead when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or have Proposition 65 warnings provided.
The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $23,500, 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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