Held v. Identity Group Holdings Corp.

Posted: 10/29/2015  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Held v. Identity Group Holdings Corp. executed a Consent Judgment on October 29, 2015.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Identity Group Holdings Corp. (“Identity Group”) sold vinyl/PVC self stick sheets 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, Identity Group agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC self stick sheets in California after the Marin County Superior Court enters the Judgment, unless the self stick sheets contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or a Proposition 65 warning is provided.  Should Identity Group provide written certification that all vinyl/PVC self stick sheets sold in California qualify as reformulated by December 15, 2016, Held agreed to waive a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of $38,000, 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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