Held v. Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd.

Posted: 10/10/2014  browse the case archive

Citizen enforcer Anthony Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling party Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd. (“Nishimoto”) entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement on October 10, 2014, which resolved Held’s allegations that Nishimoto sold dried seaweed containing arsenic in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, Nishimoto agreed not to sell any seaweed in California after October 22, 2014, unless the seaweed meets the reformulation requirements outlined in Section 2.1 of the Settlement Agreement or contains the Proposition 65 warnings provided in Section 2.3. 

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $33,500, 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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