Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wisconsin: The Middleton-Cross Plains School District has filed a federal lawsuit against the maker of the artificial playing surface at its football and soccer stadium, saying the maker hasn’t honored its warranty for the prematurely aging surface, despite knowing that it was made using defective material.
According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Madison, the district alleges that FieldTurf USA, a leading maker of artificial athletic playing surfaces used in high school, college and professional stadiums, has refused to replace the synthetic field on the district’s football and soccer field at Middleton’s Breitenbach Stadium, which cost the district $306,428 to install in 2007.
The district says that in 2014, FieldTurf settled a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the fiber that is used to make the playing surface for what is believed to be “tens of millions dollars,” to account for future claims of untimely wear from customers who bought the artificial turf.
“This case is one of those ‘future claims,’” the district’s lawsuit states...