FieldTurf’s Fields are Worse for the Wear
In December 2016, a New Jersey investigative journalism report unearthed allegations that FieldTurf sold artificial turf fields from 2005 to 2012 with knowledge that the turf’s synthetic fibers were defective and prone to rapid degradation. This knowledge of rapid matting and degradation was in stark contrast to the Company’s sales pitches and promises that the products were actually immune to such issues. Moreover, when the fields ultimately did start failing, FieldTurf allegedly sandbagged purchasers, preventing and denying warranty claims by deceptively blaming any issues on improper maintenance or claiming the fields looked exactly as they should. According to the New Jersey investigation, “Insider documents reveal a trail of deception as leading turf company, FieldTurf, sold high-end sports fields to taxpayers in towns and schools across N.J. and U.S., knowing they might fall apart.” Since the article’s release, FieldTurf customers are coming forward and asserting claims that FieldTurf engaged in deceptive trade practices regarding the quality of the fields and are seeking compensation for the damages they have suffered.
Our law firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf purchasers of FieldTurf fields across the country. If your organization purchased a field from FieldTurf between 2005 and 2012, we would like to hear from you about how the field is holding up and would be happy to provide further information about our investigation and efforts. Please call us at 800-887-8029.
What is FieldTurf’s Evolution Fiber?
Prior to FieldTurf’s Evolution product, traditional artificial turf fields were made of tape filament and could be expected to last ten years before needing to be replaced. The lifespan of these fields was limited by exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which breaks down plastics over time. FieldTurf’s Evolution fibers were touted as being made of new materials that allegedly made the grass fibers more resistant to ultraviolet radiation. FieldTurf marketed the fields’ manufacturing process as a technologically superior method that enabled tufts of grass to “stand up” like natural grass, even after repeated usage. FieldTurf also claimed that these fields would far outlast their 8-year warranty.
The recent New Jersey Investigation alleges that, despite the Company’s claims, these fields were defective and fail faster than traditional tape filament – a fact the Company knew when selling the fields to customers.
Several purchasers, including private companies, school districts, and others across the country have now taken the issue to court. The purchasers allege, among other things, that FieldTurf engaged in fraud, deceptive trade practices, breached their warranties and engaged in other violations of law. The purchasers are requesting recovery of the significant dollars lost due to the defective artificial turf fields.
Additional Information about the FieldTurf Lawsuit:
- Read more at The 100 Yard Deception
- January 30, 2017, “Pet resort says it was duped by top U.S. artificial turf company,” nj.com
- Read the Complaint
How We Can Help
Protect your rights and take action. If your organization purchased a Duraspine field, we would like to hear from you about how their field is holding up. Fill out our free case review or you can call us at 800-887-8029. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in consumer law and we welcome your questions.