Vinocur v. Lifetime Brands, Inc.

Posted: 02/28/2019  browse the case archive
On February 28, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Lifetime Brands, Inc. (“Lifetime”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that Lifetime sold vinyl/PVC plant ties 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, Lifetime agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC plant ties in California after January 16, 2019, unless the plant ties 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 $17,000, 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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