Judgement favours Argos in DMF case

23 May 2012

The judgement was issued on May 22 in the case brought by Argos and Others against Leather Trade House Ltd with regard to advice allegedly given with regard to the use of sachets of the chemical dimethyl fumarate (DMF) as a mould inhibitor in sofas, which were deemed to cause a range of skin and respiratory complaints for customers.

Argos claimed that they had relied on advice given by the defendant that DMF was safe. The defendant vigorously denied that any such advice had been given, during a hard fought trial in November last year.

At the end of the day the court sided with the claimants' evidence and the presiding judge, Mrs Justice Thirlwall, gave Argos and Homebase the green light to claim back losses from Leather Trade House Ltd.

The Board of Leather Trade House said that they were surprised and disappointed at the ruling and would now study the judgement in detail with legal advisers and consider the future position.

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