Moore v. Paris Accessories, Inc.

Posted: 07/11/2011  browse the case archive

On July 11, 2011, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling defendant Paris Accessories, Inc. ("Paris Accessories"), entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Moore's allegations that Paris Accessories sold footwear containing the phthalate chemicals di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP") and di-n-butyl phthalate ("DBP") in the State of California without providing the health hazard warnings required by Proposition 65. Moore also alleged that Paris Accessories continued to sell or offer for sale in California products that did not comply with the standards established in a previous settlement agreement between the parties.

As part of the settlement, Paris Accessories agreed not to sell any footwear in California after July 15, 2011, unless the footwear contains no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP and DBP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. Due to Paris Accessories' commitment to comply by these heightened standards and cooperation during the settlement process, Moore agreed to credit a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $20,000, 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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