Moore v. Quo Vadis Editions, Incorporated

Posted: 09/06/2011  browse the case archive

On September 6, 2011, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling defendant Quo Vadis Editions, Incorporated ("Quo Vadis") entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement, which resolved Moore's allegations that Quo Vadis 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, Quo Vadis agreed not to manufacture or offer for sale any coverings for books in California after October 30, 2011, unless the coverings contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies. Due to Quo Vadis's commitment to comply by these heightened standards, Moore agreed to credit a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied.

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $32,000, 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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