Leeman v. Naterra International, Inc.

Posted: 03/27/2017  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Leeman v. The Naterra Company executed a Consent Judgment on March 27, 2017.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Whitney R. Leeman, Ph.D. alleged that Naterra International, Inc. (“Naterra”) sold vinyl/PVC toiletry 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 agreement, Naterra agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC toiletry bags in California after the Alameda County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the bags contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of up to $17,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Leeman and her counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.   

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