Toledo, Ohio - The Toledo Blade's website (toledoblade.com) reports that about 100 lawyers from around the US converged on Toledo this week for the retrial proceedings in a class-action lawsuit involving an alleged price-fixing scheme for flexible polyurethane foam.
Sheena Harrison, Blade business writer, said that the case involves eleven companies, including two in northwest Ohio, accused of violating anti-trust laws by conspiring to fix prices charged for polyurethane foam. Judge Jack Zouhary of the US District Court in Toledo is assigned to consider pretrial motions in the case.
The Toledo case, filed by furniture maker Cambridge of California Inc. is one of a number of cases in which foam purchasers in the US have filed putative class-action lawsuits against a group of polyurethane foam producers.
These lawsuits follow statements in late July 2010 from US and European authorities saying they had carried out unannounced raids on various foam companies, including Carpenter Co. in the US and Recticel in Europe.
The raids were part of an investigation into suspected price-fixing activities in the PU foam sector.
The defendants in the class-action case in Toledo are: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., Carpenter Co., Valle Foam Industries Inc., Domfoam International Inc., The Woodbridge Group, Flexible Foam Products Inc., Scottdel Inc., Foamex Innovations Inc., Future Foam Inc. and Vitafoam Products.