Houston, Texas -- Further lawsuits accusing flexible polyurethane foam producers of price-fixing have been filed by a new group of buyers, potentially expanding the action to thousands of consumers and hotels, according to publisher ICIS.
Last year, a number of foam purchasers including furniture companies, Cambridge of California and Piazza's Carpet and Tile Shop Inc., filed punitive class-action lawsuits against a number of major PU foam producers.
The new group involved in the litigation represent end-use consumers who bought flexible foam products such as sofas and mattresses from manufacturers, and are known as indirect purchasers.
As well as a number of individuals who have filed suits, the group includes the Parker Co., the purchasing agent for Met 2 Hotel.
Both the direct and indirect purchasers accuse the PU foam producers of fixing prices and dividing market share.