Held v. Unique Industries, Inc., et al.

Posted: 09/17/2008  browse the case archive

On September 17, 2008, the Alameda County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Held v. Toys "R" Us, Inc., et al., which resolved citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E.'s allegations that the defendant Unique Industries, Inc. ("Unique") sold children's bath toys 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, Unique agreed not to sell any bath toys in California after July 1, 2008, unless the bath toys are sold or shipped with Proposition 65 warnings or contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. 100% of bath toys offered for sale in California by Unique after September 30, 2008, shall qualify as reformulated. The settlement does not include additional fees incurred seeking judicial approval of the Consent Judgment.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $26,500, 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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