Court documents filed in Ohio have outlined some of the background to a successful Canadian prosecution of a polyurethane cartel involving 12 companies. The documents are available from the United States District Court for the Northwestern District of Ohio Western Division.
The Carpenter Co; Crest Foam Industries Inc; Domfoam International, Inc; Flexible Foam Products Inc; FXI-Foamex Innovation, Inc; Future Foam Inc; Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co; Inoac International Co Ltd; Inoac USA Inc; Mohawk Industries, Inc; Ohio; Decorative Products, Inc; Otto Bock Polyurethane Technologies Inc; Plastomer Corporation; Leggett & Platt Inc, Scottdel Inc; Valle Foam Industries Inc; Vitafoam Products Canada Limited; Vitafoam, Inc; Woodbridge Foam Corporation; Woodbridge Sales & Engineering Inc; Woodbridge Foam Fabrication, Inc and were all named as defendants in the action. According to council for Legget & Platt, which denies the allegations and plans to vigorously defend itself, the matter is likely to come to trial in this case in December this year or early 2014. Plastomer Corporation and its staff have been dismissed from the proceedings without prejudice.
The plaintiffs were 17 individuals and trade purchasers for international hotel chains who claimed to have bought “products containing flexible polyurethane foam manufactured or distributed by one or more the defendants.
The class action has led to Vitafoam and Domfoam setting up a website and offering to pay at least $5m to settle…