Held v. Mary Meyer Corporation

Posted: 05/28/2009  browse the case archive

On May 28, 2009, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling defendant Mary Meyer Corporation ("Mary Meyer") entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Held's allegations that Mary Meyer sold soft vinyl toys 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, Mary Meyer agreed not to sell any children’s soft vinyl toys in California after May 7, 2009, unless the toys contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using the state or federally approved testing methodologies or have Proposition 65 health hazard warnings affixed to them.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $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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