Moore v. Catholic Book Publishing Corp., et al.

Posted: 08/22/2012  browse the case archive

On August 22, 2012, the San Francisco County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Moore v. Catholic Book Publishing Corp., et al., which resolved citizen enforcer John Moore's allegations that the defendant, Catholic Book Publishing Corporation ("Catholic Book"), sold coverings for books 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, Catholic Book agreed not to sell any coverings for books in California after December 30, 2011, unless the book coverings contained no more than 1,000 parts per million (0.1%) of DEHP when analyzed using state and federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $29,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California's Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Moore and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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