Vinocur v. Navitor, Inc.

Posted: 12/16/2013  browse the case archive

The parties executed a Consent Judgment in Vinocur v. Navitor, Inc., on December 16, 2013, which resolved citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur’s allegations that the defendant Navitor, Inc. (“Navitor”) sold vinyl/PVC ID holders 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, Navitor agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC ID holders in California after the Alameda Court approves the Consent Judgment, unless the ID holders contain no more than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP in any accessible component when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies.  Until the Court approves the Consent Judgment, Navitor must sell its ID holders with the appropriate Proposition 65 warnings provided.  Should Navitor provide written certification that all ID holders sold in California after March 1, 2014, qualify as reformulated, Vinocur agreed to credit a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied.

The Consent Judgment requires settlement payments of $48,750, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Vinocur and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.

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