Tags: China, toxic sofas
By Stephen Jones
LONDON—Hundreds of U.K. consumers who suffered severe burns from toxic sofas manufactured in China will receive a combined compensation payout of US$30 million.
The High Court in London approved a settlement for over 1,500 Britons, in what is believed to be the largest consumer group litigation in British history. The case is the latest in a string of lawsuits for tainted products made in China.
The victims received skin burns and peeling from a chemical called DMF (dimethyl fumarate) that was found in the leather sofas manufactured by Chinese firms Linkwise and Eurosofa. The chemical was used to treat the sofas to prevent mold during their transit from China and subsequent storage.
Others suffered breathing problems and irritation of the eyes.
“Many suffered serious health problems, simply because of the new sofa they chose,” Richard Langton, a senior litigation partner at Russell Jones & Walker who led the group action, said in a statement. “At the start there was a real fear factor as nobody knew the cause. The doctors took nine months to identify the chemical. Some people thought they had skin cancer or were dying.”
Earlier this month, a New Orleans judge awarded seven families more than $2.6 million in losses caused by toxic Chinese drywall in their homes. Judge Eldon E. Fallon ruled against defendant Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., the Chinese manufacturer of the drywall.
But, there is no guarantee that the families will get the money, Orlando said. There is no recourse if the defendants refuse to pay.
“We can’t do anything without the money,” she said from the home the family is now renting. Taishan Gypsum did not contest the lawsuit.
The judgment comes less than a week after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommended Chinese drywall-tainted homes be gutted.
The CPSC report called for removal of all possible drywall with issues, all fire safety alarm devices, all electronic components and wiring, and all gas-service piping, as well as the fire-suppression sprinkler systems.
Some Chinese-manufactured drywall types were found to emit significantly larger amounts of hydrogen sulfide, the chemical believed to cause corrosion, compared to other drywall. Certain samples tested by investigators showed 100 times higher levels of hydrogen sulfide compared to the drywall manufactured outside of China that was tested.
Saw an article about toxic sofas from China in the Epoch Times, and I remembered that I read about it in a newspaper for a long time ago. After some research I found an article online. So it has been sold toxic Chinese sofas also in Sweden.
Tags: mistreatment of animals, PETA
Ask the USDA to Have a Heart for Elephants This Mother’s Day!
Print this Mother’s Day card and send it to the USDA now!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ treatment of baby elephants is every mother’s worst nightmare. Baby elephants are torn from their mothers when they are infants and are beaten into submission. But this Mother’s Day, you can make a difference in the lives of mother elephants and their babies.
This Mother’s Day (May 9), remind the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that no mom should be alone on Mother’s Day. Print out our Mother’s Day greeting card and mail it to the USDA now!
When sending your Mother’s Day wishes, remind the USDA that after baby elephants are stolen from their mothers, they are tied down, electro-shocked, and beaten with bullhooks in order to get them to perform unnatural and confusing circus tricks.
Mail your greeting card to:
ATTN: Thomas J. Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
You can also help baby elephants and their mothers by e-mailing a message to the USDA to ask the department to investigate this ongoing abuse and to implement a minimum age requirement for when babies can be separated from their mothers.
Send a message to the USDA now!
Please click on this link: Ask the USDA to Have a Heart for Elephants This Mother’s Day! | PETA.org.