In Newark, New Jersey, a nationwide class-action lawsuit was recently filed against FieldTurf USA over the quality of its synthetic grass athletic fields. The borough of Cartaret is following in the footsteps of a number of Newark schools that have sued FieldTurf, headquartered in Calhoun, Georgia, for allegedly defrauding more than 100 municipalities, public and private schools in the state.
“The plaintiff purchased six defective synthetic grass fields, defined below from FieldTurf between 2006 and 2010,” the filing reads. “At that time, FieldTurf knew that its marketing claims and sales campaign were grossly exaggerated, and that synthetic grass fields were defective.”
The borough is claiming that six years after installation, the fields were wearing out fast, and that warranty claims were met with stalling and apologies, but no action. They claim that FieldTurf violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, and are seeking an immediate injunction from the court, forcing them to repair or replace the damaged fields, and reimburse the town.
Public attention is growing on the problem of faulty artificial turf. A series of articles in NJ Advance Media accused FieldTurf of covering up defects while selling more than $570 million worth of fields. Meanwhile, Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez have urged the FTC to investigate the company’s conduct.
Joseph Germani, FieldTurf’s public relations consultant, defended the company in a public statement. “FieldTurf is committed to honoring our warranties and working with our customers to address any issues if they arise, and we are disappointed any time a customer is not fully satisfied,” Germani said. “However, we dispute the representation of the situation and events in this complaint. We are fully confident that, when considered in full, the facts will show that customers in New Jersey were well-served by FieldTurf.”