Held v. Tri-Coastal Design Group, Inc.

Posted: 01/08/2010  browse the case archive

On January 8, 2010, the San Francisco County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Held v. Tri-Coastal Design Group, Inc., et al., which resolved citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E.'s allegations that the defendant Tri-Coastal Design Group Inc. ("Tri-Coastal") sold children's vinyl zipper bags 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, Tri-Coastal agreed not to sell any children's vinyl bags in California after September 30, 2009, unless the bags contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or contain Proposition 65 warnings.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $21,000, to be 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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