Held v. SUI International, Ltd.

Posted: 06/21/2009  browse the case archive

On June 21, 2009, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling defendant SUI International, Ltd. (“SUI”) entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Held’s allegations that SUI sold vinyl magnets 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, SUI agreed not to sell any magnets in California after May 22, 2009, unless the magnets contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. 

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $26,400, 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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