Settlement for RV Formaldehyde Lawsuit Soon to be Finally Reached

After more than six years of pending settlement, lawsuits filed against manufacturers of RV trailers that were said to contain toxic levels of formaldehyde are finally about to be concluded.

The first trailers arrived at the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. However, these trailers in question were found to have toxic levels of formaldehyde which is known to cause health risks. This led for lawsuits to be filed against the RV manufacturers.

Just recently, Elkhart Truth announced that a deadline was announced for the involved parties (both the RV manufacturers and the hurricane victims who lived on the trailers) to submit their proposed class settlement agreement. By April 9, they should have already submitted the agreement to the Eastern District Court of Louisiana. Although this does not necessarily end the litigation, it will be the beginning of the conclusion process.

As per court documents, about 28 manufacturing defendants are joining the settlement: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Dutchmen Manufacturing Co., Skyline Corp., Sunnybrook RV Inc. and Keystone RV Co. are among the participants.

On the other hand, there are manufacturers that have not reached settlement yet: Jayco Enterprises Inc./Starcraft, Forest River Inc./Vanguard Industries of Michigan, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and the insurance companies Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, American International Specialty Lines and Lexington Insurance Co. for the former Monaco Coach Corp.

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