More than six years after the first travel trailers began arriving in the Gulf Coast following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a settlement is pending for the lawsuits filed after toxic levels of formaldehyde were found in those recreational vehicles.
The Elkhart Truth reported that April 9 was the deadline for RV manufacturers and the displaced hurricane victims who lived in the units to submit a proposed class settlement agreement to the Eastern District Court of Louisiana. This will not end the litigation but will start the process towards a conclusion.
According to court documents, at least 28 manufacturing defendants are participating in the settlement, including the Elkhart County-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Co., Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Keystone RV Co., Skyline Corp. and Sunnybrook RV Inc.
Four manufacturers have not reached a settlement, according to court records. These defendants are Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Jayco Enterprises Inc./Starcraft, Forest River Inc./Vanguard Industries of Michigan, and the insurance companies — American International Specialty Lines, Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania and Lexington Insurance Co. — for the former Monaco Coach Corp.
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