New York - Fibres specialist Invista filed a lawsuit in the federal court in New York on 26 March, seeking damages and a court order against DuPont.
Invista, a maker of polyurethane, nylon and polyester fibres, intermediates and chemicals, said it wants DuPont to fulfill contractual obligations arising from safety and environmental non-compliance while DuPont owned certain Invista sites.
The suit stems from the $4400-million purchase by Invista's parent Koch Industries of the DuPont fibres and intermediates business at the end of 2003. The sale included DuPont's Lycra-branded polyurethane fibre, nylon and polyester textile units, and the firm's PTMEG (polytetramethylene ether glycol)
According to Invista's statement, the lawsuit alleges "widespread and substantial noncompliance" at the manufacturing facilities during DuPont's ownership and seeks compensatory damages in excess of $800 million, plus punitive damages.
"This lawsuit describes DuPont's compliance failures as an owner of these facilities," said Mary Beth Jarvis, Invista spokesperson. "DuPont failed to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, meet permit obligations, and take other actions to protect its employees, the community and the environment prior to selling these assets. LW