Vinocur v. K & S Precision Metals Co.

Posted: 01/19/2019  browse the case archive
On January 19, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party K & S Precision Metals Co. (“K & S”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that K & S sold vinyl tool pouches 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, K & S agreed not to sell any vinyl tool pouches in California after January 30, 2019, unless the pouches contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies OR have Proposition 65 warnings provided.
The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $19,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to citizen enforcer Vinocur and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.
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