Moore v. Prym Consumer USA Inc.

Posted: 02/15/2012  browse the case archive

On February 15, 2012, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling defendant Prym Consumer USA Inc. ("Prym") entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Moore's allegations that Prym sold handle adapters with 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 settlement, Prym agreed not to sell any handle adaptors with grips in California after February 3, 2012, unless the handle grips contain no more than 1,000 parts per million (0.1%) of DEHP, butyl benzyl phthalate, and di-n-butyl phthalate when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. Due to Prym's commitment to comply with 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 $24,000, 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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