Held v. STA Elements, Inc.

Posted: 04/24/2015  browse the case archive

On April 24, 2015, Anthony E. Held, Ph.D, P.E. and settling party STA Elements, Inc. (“STA”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Held had alleged that STA sold pet carriers with vinyl/PVC carriers 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, STA agreed not to sell any pet carriers with vinyl/PVC handles in California after May 1, 2015, unless the pet carriers contain less than 1,000 parts per million (.01%) of DEHP in any accessible component when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. 

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $11,500, 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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