Stationery and Office Fasteners, Tools & Supplies

Stationery and Office Fasteners, Tools & Supplies

The Chanler Group's clients' investigation of many ubiquitous office and stationery products has detected levels of lead and phthalates, substances known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.

As a neurotoxin and a heavy metal, lead negatively affects the nervous system in both adults and children.  Research has shown that repeated exposure to lead cumulatively affects the developing nervous system and, over time, can lead to attention deficit, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss, behavioral problems, and diminished intellectual ability.

Phthalates are "plasticizers," substances added to plastic components and materials in consumer products to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.  The Chanler Group's clients regularly investigate the presence of phthalate chemicals such as di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP"),  butyl benzyl phthalate ("BBP"), and Di-n-butyl phthalate ("DBP") which are often found in consumer products.

In 2012, Russel Brimer, a Chanler Group client, reached an unparalleled settlement with the manufacturers of office fasteners, tools, and supplies. Manufacturers including ACCO Brands Corporation agreed to reformulate the products covered under the settlement to virtually eliminate the presence of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. These included lead, DEHP, BBP, and DBP.

Significantly, this settlement involved a large array of products, including, but not limited to: (i) art, craft, and drafting supply cases, portfolios, pouches, stands and wraps; (ii) identification products such as I.D. holders, I.D. lanyards, clips, cords, and cables; (iii) fasteners, hangers, paper and binder clips, picture, storage, cup hooks, and wires; (iv) writing instruments including erasers, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, and sharpeners; (v) calendars, planners, and appointment books; and (vi) document storage, organization, and presentation products such as binders, folders, filers, checkbook covers, index dividers, sleeves, protectors, and pouches.  Due to the number of products covered by this settlement, the case considerably impacted the office products industry.

Additional settlements obtained by The Chanler Group's clients include agreements with major office supply retailers, including Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples.

To review legal agreements which The Chanler Group’s clients have reached with companies who sell stationery and office supplies, please see the cases below.

firm casework - enforcement

February 28, 2019
Lead
Out-of-Court Settlement
On February 28, 2019, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Kikkerland Design, Inc. (“Kikkerland”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Vinocur had alleged that Kikkerland sold rulers and keyrings containing the heavy metal lead in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.    As part...
October 8, 2018
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On October 8, 2018, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling party JS Products, Inc. (“JS”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Moore had alleged that JS sold portfolios with vinyl/PVC components containing the phthalate di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP") in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings...
January 17, 2018
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On January 17, 2018, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling party Top Flight, Inc. (“Top Flight”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement. Moore had alleged that Top Flight sold binder/notebook covers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health...
August 25, 2017
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Wozniak v. Hot Focus, Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on August 25, 2017.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak alleged that Hot Focus, Inc. (“Hot Focus”) sold vinyl/PVC pouches and vinyl/PVC pen toppers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California...
June 15, 2017
DEHP, DINP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Englander v. Staedtler-Mars Limited executed a Consent Judgment on June 15, 2017.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Peter Englander alleged that Staedtler-Mars Limited (“Staedtler”) sold vinyl/PVC cutting mats containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) and diisononyl phthalate (“...
April 25, 2017
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On April 25, 2017, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling party Staples, Inc. (“Staples”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Moore had alleged that Staples sold a product containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings. As...
March 21, 2017
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On March 21, 2017, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling party Sellers Publishing, Inc. (“Sellers Publishing”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Moore had alleged that Sellers Publishing sold vinyl/PVC planner covers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without...
October 31, 2016
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On October 31, 2016, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Milan Pacific USA LLC (“Milan Pacific”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Vinocur had alleged that Milan Pacific sold business card holders containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing...