Held v. Leap Year Publishing, LLC

Posted: 04/02/2010  browse the case archive

On April 2, 2010, the Los Angeles County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Held v. Leap Year Publishing, LLC, which resolved citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E.'s allegations that the defendant, Leap Year Publishing, LLC ("Leap Year"), sold children's notebooks 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, Leap Year agreed not to sell or otherwise distribute any children's notebooks in California after October 9, 2009.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $27,000, to be 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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