Suit Filed Against Government Company

Suit Filed Against Government Company

A lawsuit has been filed against a Wisconsin company by the federal government for $1.65 million.

The suit claims the company failed to report problems with their product, which led to multiple injuries and an eventual product recall.

Product Recalled Too Late

Ardisam Inc. reportedly knew the tree stands for hunters they were selling were defective; however, they waited years until doing anything about it.

In July 2004, the company finally recalled the product, but the lawsuit filed last Thursday claims the company knew as early as April 2000 that the stands were faulty.

The stands were being sold under the names Big Foot and Lite Foot and were designed so hunting could be done from an elevated position.

According to the lawsuit the company received reports of the stands detaching, causing injuries, but didn’t report the problems to the federal commission until years later.

Lawsuits Filed After Injuries Reported

Ardisam apparently knew of at least nine injuries caused by the tree stands.

The suit claims hunters reported broken bones, muscle tears, and head, neck and back injuries.

At least five of these nine consumers reportedly sued the company.

On July 6, 2004, the company recalled the tree stands, which were being sold in stores and catalogs across the country.

(Source: Forbes)

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