Wozniak v Kole Imports

Posted: 07/20/2017  browse the case archive

On July 20, 2017, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak and settling party Kole Imports (“Kole”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Wozniak had alleged that Kole sold vinyl/PVC electrical tape and 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 settlement, Kole agreed not to sell any vinyl/PVC electrical tape and/or game cases 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 $20,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to citizen enforcer Wozniak and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.  

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