Payout for ‘toxic sofa’ victims

Two UK retailers are to compensate customers injured by a fungicide used in Chinese-made sofas. Customers of a third firm, Land of Leather, may miss out

A High Court judge has ordered retailers Argos and Walmsley’s to compensate 1,650 people harmed by a fungicide used in sofas (ENDS Report 413, p 52).

Law firm Russell Jones & Walker, representing the claimants, expects the total payout to be £15-20m, including legal costs.

The sofas, made by Chinese firms Linkwise and Eurosofa, contained sachets of dimethyl fumarate (DMF) to stop mould in storage. Vapour from the chemical caused several thousand customers to complain of skin and eye irritation, breathing difficulties and other medical problems.

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