Held v. Samsung C&T America, Incorporated

Posted: 10/04/2011  browse the case archive

On October 4, 2011, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling defendant Samsung C&T America, Inc. ("Samsung"), entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Held's allegations that Samsung sold belts 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, Samsung agreed to cease all sales of belts in California after September 30, 2011, unless the belts contain less than or equal to 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $36,000, 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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