Jury finds firms made false statements about Eastman’s Tritan

25 July 2013 16:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A federal jury late on Wednesday ruled in favour of Eastman Chemical in its lawsuit that accused PlastiPure and CertiChem of making false and misleading statements about its Tritan copolyester material.

Plastics materials producer PlastiPure and vitro assay provider CertiChem had claimed that Eastman’s Tritan resins and products leached chemicals with significant estrogenic activity and that the materials were dangerous to human health.

The jury found that the two companies were part of a conspiracy that damaged Eastman and wilfully engaged in false advertising, which deceived potential consumers and likely influenced their purchasing decisions.

Additionally, the jury found that Eastman has been or is likely injured as a result of the statements and that the two companies are liable for false advertising and unfair competition.

In a statement, Eastman said it continues to uphold its reputation of rigorous testing using independent third-party studies to prove Tritan is free of estrogenic activity.

“Eastman is extremely pleased with this verdict,” said Lucian Boldea, vice president and general manager at the company’s Advance Materials-Specialty Plastics segment. “The real winners are consumers who value reliable, accurate information and want safe products for their families.”

Tritan, which is free of bisphenol A (BPA), is a material used in food contact products such as food serving and storing items, reusable sport bottles and infant care products.

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