Held v. Little Earth Productions, Inc.

Posted: 12/18/2018  browse the case archive
The parties involved in the case Held v. Little Earth Productions, Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on December 18, 2018.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Little Earth Productions, Inc. (“Little Earth”) sold tote bags with 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 agreement, Little Earth agreed not to sell any tote bags with handles in California after the San Francisco County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the bags contain less than 1,000 parts of million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies OR have Proposition 65 warnings provided. 
The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of up to $20,000, 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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