Walker, Michigan -- This week Michigan's Irwin Seating Co. joined a price-fixing case that began several years ago when federal authorities heard allegations that polyurethane foam makers were conspiring to charge inflated prices for their products.
According to a report on mlive, a Michigan news website, seat maker Irwin filed suit 11 May in the Grand Rapids federal district court. The suit accuses domestic and international foam makers of colluding over a decade in price fixing that caused Irwin to pay too much for the foam it uses for making upholstered seating and office furniture.
Irwin's lawsuit joins a large number of court filings by groups of foam buyers in various US states and in Europe.
Mlive's reporter Garret Ellison says the lawsuit lists major foam producers Carpenter Co., Flexible Foam Products, Future Foam, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., Leggett & Platt, Mohawk Industries, Vitafoam, and the Woodbridge Group as defendants, as well as naming several other foam manufacturers.
See more at www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan