On the last day of November, New Castle School District in Pennsylvania filed a proposed class action lawsuit against FieldTurf USA, Inc., FieldTurf, Inc. and FieldTurf Tarkett SAS over allegedly deceptive statements and misrepresentations put forth by the companies regarding their Duraspine field turf product. The plaintiff charges that despite promises that Duraspine would last nearly twice as long as existing synthetic surfaces, the turf product prematurely “rips and ends to the point that the field becomes unusable.”
According to the complaint, FieldTurf knew as far back as 2006 that its Duraspine product did not perform as advertised and was “easily frayed, causing the turf to wilt, break and shear off.” The complaint then flashes forward to 2009, when FieldTurf found itself embroiled in a “full-blown crisis,” the case reads, over the failures of Duraspine.
The lawsuit alleges that FieldTurf’s claims that it has been as upfront with customers as possible when handling Duraspine issues is not the true nature of the situation.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the lawsuit says.