Vinocur v. Sur La Table, Inc.

Posted: 08/17/2018  browse the case archive
On August 17, 2018, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Sur La Table, Inc. (“Sur La Table”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that Sur La Table sold wine carriers with vinyl/PVC components 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, Sur La Table agreed not to sell any wine carriers with vinyl/PVC components in California after August 17, 2018, unless the carriers 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 $15,000, 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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