Moore v. Enchante Accessories, Incorporated

Posted: 06/24/2011  browse the case archive

On June 24, 2011, the Alameda County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Moore v. Enchante Accessories, Inc., which resolved citizen enforcer John Moore's allegations that the defendant Enchante Accessories, Inc. ("Enchante") sold coverings for books/albums 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, Enchante agreed not to sell any coverings for books/albums in California after March 25, 2011, unless the coverings for the books/albums contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP in each accessible component when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. Due to Enchante's commitment to comply by these heightened standards, Moore agreed to credit a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $44,000, 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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