Held v. Nuvue Products

Posted: 04/29/2019  browse the case archive
On April 29, 2019, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling party Nuvue Products (“Nuvue”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Held had alleged that Nuvue sold vinyl/PVC greenhouse covers 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, Nuvue agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC greenhouse covers in California after April 30, 2019, unless the covers contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies OR have Proposition 65 warnings provided. 
The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of up to $30,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to citizen enforcer Held and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.
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