Wozniak v. John N. Hansen Co., Inc.

Posted: 06/19/2015  browse the case archive

The parties involved in the case Wozniak v. John N. Hansen Co., Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on June 19, 2015.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak alleged that John N. Hansen Co., Inc. (“John Hansen”) sold vinyl/PVC game cases 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 agreement, John Hansen agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC game cases in California after the Alameda County Superior Court approves the Judgment, unless the cases contain less than 1,000 parts per million of DEHP when analyzed using state or federally approved testing methodologies or contain a Proposition 65 warning pursuant to section 2.2 of the agreement.  Should John Hansen provide written certification that all vinyl/PVC game cases sold in California qualify as reformulated by December 15, 2015, Wozniak agreed to waive a portion of the civil fine that would otherwise be applied.

The Consent Judgment required settlement payments of $21,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Wozniak and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.   

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