Moore v. The Zondervan Corp. L.L.C.; et al.

Posted: 10/25/2010  browse the case archive

On October 25, 2010, the Marin County Superior Court entered a Consent Judgment in Moore v. The Zondervan Corp. L.L.C.; et al., which resolved citizen enforcer John Moore's allegations that the defendant, The Zondervan Corp. L.L.C. ("Zondervan"), sold zippered book covers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP") in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

After Zondervan received Brimer's Notice of Violation on December 15, 2009, the company began to reformulate the book covers with zipper pulls. As part of the settlement, Zondervan agreed not to sell any book covers with zipper pulls in California after July 15, 2010, unless the book covers contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state and federally approved testing methodologies.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $29,000, to be 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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