New Zealand’s leading manufacturer of plastic products, BPI, has become the latest company to be named in a $1 billion class action lawsuit filed in the US alleging that they deliberately manufactured plastic products to deceive consumers into believing they were made by BPI.
In a statement, the Australian-based company, which manufactures and distributes food containers and beverage containers for supermarkets, restaurants and other retailers, said it had decided to join the class action after being approached by the plaintiff.
BPI’s Australian chief executive, Mark Waugh, said the company had been working closely with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) since the filing was made in May and had provided the government with a list of products it had sold to the US.
Mr Waugh said he hoped the case would lead to “significant reform of the way consumers buy plastic”.
Mr Goss, the plaintiff, alleges that the company’s products were sold to consumers as being made by the US company BPI in Australia and that he is a victim of deception because he purchased products he knew were made at BPI’s US headquarters.
“The only reason I purchased these products was to avoid BPI,” Mr Goss said.
According to the suit, Mr Gollins, a resident of Queensland, was one of the victims of the scheme, which began in 2016.
The plaintiff is seeking $1.5 billion in damages from the company, the company and its subsidiaries, as well as a reduction of the amount of money paid to Mr Gross for products purchased at Bpi’s Australian facilities.
Plastic empire: New Zealand-based plastic manufacturer with major US operations The New Zealand company is the latest of a number of US companies to join a class action alleging deceptive practices by US companies, which include the manufacturers of plastic bags and containers, plastic food containers, and plastic beverage containers.
The suit is based on allegations that BPI and its subsidiary, BPDI, made false statements to consumers about the plastic materials used to make these products and falsely reported to the government that these products were BPI-made.
It also alleges that BPDi and its Australian subsidiary, Plastic Empire, engaged in deceptive practices with the government in order to raise the price of plastic packaging in Australia, which led to consumers being misled into purchasing products that were not BPI products.
The New York-based multinational company has not been named in the lawsuit but is named as a defendant in the complaint.
The company has denied the allegations and said it was a member of the New Zealand Food Standards Agency and the American Institute of Certified Plastic Surgeons.
Mr Waugh described the case as “the biggest class action case ever filed in New Zealand”.
“We have no doubt that we will be vindicated by this decision and the courts,” he said.
The plaintiffs will also be able to recover up to $2 million in punitive damages, plus interest.
In its statement, Mr Waghs said that Mr Golls “made a number [of] serious mistakes and, as a result, his life has been turned upside down”.
He added that Mr Wollins’ claim was “completely unsubstantiated”.
The lawsuit was brought against BPI by Mr Wllins’ former wife, Linda, who is a lawyer.
The former couple have been together for 22 years and the lawsuit seeks $1 million in compensatory damages, as the former was unable to afford the amount requested by the court.
Meanwhile, a new lawsuit has been filed in California against a US company, Plastic Industries, alleging that it deceived consumers by making plastic containers that did not meet their quality requirements.
The lawsuit alleges that plastic industry experts failed to inform consumers of these false and misleading statements, which included that the containers were BPA-free.