Vinocur v. Valley Han Kook Market, et al.

Posted: 07/28/2017  browse the case archive

On July 28, 2017, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling parties Valley Han Kook Market, a California corporation (“Valley Han”) and Jayone Homeware, Inc. (“Jayone”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Vinocur had alleged that Valley Han and Jayone sold vinyl/PVC footwear 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, Valley Han and Jayone agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC footwear in California after August 28, 2017, unless the products 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 $10,000, 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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