Held v. Radians, Inc.

Posted: 10/22/2018  browse the case archive
The parties involved in the case Held v. Radians, Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on October 22, 2018.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Radians, Inc. (“Radians”) sold gloves with vinyl/PVC components  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, Radians agreed not to sell any gloves with vinyl/PVC components in California after the San Francisco County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the gloves 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. Should Radians provide Held with certification by May 1, 2019 that all gloves with vinyl/PVC components sold in California qualify as reformulated by the above standards, Held has agreed to waive a portion of the civil penalty that would otherwise be applied.
The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of up to $70,000, 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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