Eugene and Victoria Richard of New Hampshire filed a class-action lawsuit on Aug. 5 against Wal-Mart and Rockline Industries, alleging the two companies showed deceptive business practice when selling flushable wipes.
Rockline Industries manufactures Equate flushable wipes for Wal-Mart. According to a report in Legal Newsline, the couple says that despite advertising otherwise, the wipes do not break down when flushed and can cause problems in pipes. The Richards say their septic system leachfield failed, which required them to hire professional plumbers.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York. Along with damages, it seeks an order declaring the defendants’ practices improper and an injunction requiring the defendants to inform the public about the true nature of wipes.
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With the increased sales of wipes growing 5-6 percent each year since 2007, there is also a growing number of consumers experiencing clogs, sewer backups and plumbing issues. As these problems can be traced back to wipes retailers and manufacturers, Wal-Mart and Target are constantly being caught in class action lawsuits like these.