Three California schools have filed lawsuits against Calhoun artificial turf maker FieldTurf USA Inc. The schools, two public and one private, claim that the fields sold to them failed to reach their guaranteed life expectancy and that the company has failed to honor warranties.
The schools, Chaffey Joint Union High School, Bret Harte Union High School and Crystal Springs Upland School, said that they had the new playing surfaces installed in 2009.
They all said that the promise was that the fields would last 8 to ten years and were given an eight year warranty.
However, each of the schools said that the fields started to fail before the eight year mark. They said that the surfaces started failing as early as 2014, when “breaking, splitting and thinning of the individual fibers characterized by fibrillation, fiber breakage and pile layover” began happening, and that FieldTurf has refused to replace the fields with newer surfaces.
They went on to say that FieldTurf knew that the surfaces that were faulty. They argue that in 2011 the Calhoun based company filed a lawsuit against its fiber supplier, Ten Cate, saying that they were provided with faulty fibers. That lawsuit was settled in 2014.
The school systems are seeking a combined $15.7 million in damages.