Moore v. Duralee Fabrics, Ltd., et al.

Posted: 01/20/2012  browse the case archive

On January 20, 2012, the Marin County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Moore v. Duralee Fabrics, Ltd., et al., which resolved citizen enforcer John Moore's allegations that the defendant Duralee Fabrics, Ltd. ("Duralee") sold faux leather fabric 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, Duralee agreed not to sell any faux leather fabric in California after November 30, 2011 unless the fabric contains less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or has Proposition 65 warnings provided.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $50,700, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California's Office of Environmental Health 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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