Leeman v. Plews, Inc.

Posted: 09/22/2016  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Leeman v. Plews, Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on September 22, 2016.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Whitney R. Leeman, Ph.D., P.E. alleged that Plews, Inc. (“Plews”) sold tools with vinyl/PVC grips 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, Plews agreed not to sell any tools with vinyl/PVC grips in California after the San Francisco County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the grips contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies OR have Proposition 65 warnings provided.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of $37,900, 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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