Held v. Idea Nuova, Inc.

Posted: 05/20/2009  browse the case archive

On May 20, 2009, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling defendant Idea Nuova, Inc. (“Idea Nuova”) entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Held’s allegations that Idea Nuova sold children’s vinyl backpacks and vinyl pillows 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, Idea Nuova agreed not to sell any children’s vinyl backpacks and vinyl pillows in California after May 30, 2009, unless the backpacks and pillows contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or have Proposition 65 health hazard warnings provided.    

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $24,000, 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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