Held v. Washington Shoe Company

Posted: 05/11/2009  browse the case archive

On May 11, 2009, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D., P.E., and settling defendant Washington Shoe Company  (“Washington Shoe”) entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Held’s allegations that Washington Shoe sold children’s raincoats 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, Washington Shoe agreed not to sell any children’s raincoats in California after May 29, 2009, unless the raincoats contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or have Proposition 65 health hazard warnings affixed to them.   

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $15,500, 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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