Toledo, Ohio — Plaintiffs are arguing about whether two court cases in the US to claim compensation from groups of flexible foam producers should be combined into a single class action, according to court documents.
The cases are Sealy Corporation vs Carpenter et al (1:11-pf-10007) and Furniture Brands et al vs Carpenter et al (1:12-pf-10009) are both being heard by Judge Jack Zouhary in the Northern District of Ohio.
Plaintiffs in the Sealy case argue that merging the cases would confuse and lengthen the process. They claim to have settled in principle with Mohawk, Hickory Springs, Leggett & Platt. Additionally, Mohawk is a party in one case and not the other, which would further complicate the case. If the cases are combined, Mohawk could be disadvantaged.
The Sealy plaintiffs promise to present a consolidated trial as the trial date of 18 August 2015 approaches. The case is 1:10-MD-02196-JZ.