Suit Alleges That Competitor Fails to Disclose Its Use of China Fir Lumber
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Sept. 22 LAWFUEL – Law News Network — On Monday, September 18,
2006, South Dakota-based Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. (“Rainbow”) filed a
federal lawsuit against one of its competitors in the United States
District Court of South Dakota (Sioux Falls) (Case No. 4:06-CV-04166-LLP).
The suit alleges that Backyard Adventures, a competing playground company
based in Amarillo, Texas, violates state and federal law by failing to
disclose in its advertising materials its use of China fir (Cunninghamia
lanceolata) lumber in its children’s playsets.
Rainbow is concerned about the direction in which the residential
playground industry is headed on the issue of China fir lumber. Rainbow
uses North American harvested redwood and cedar lumber in its premium
residential playground products and scrupulously ensures their customers
get exactly what they were told.
However, there appears to be a growing trend in the residential wooden
playground industry in which certain manufacturers substitute China fir
lumber for redwood or cedar lumber without informing consumers.
Consequently, consumers purchase wooden play structures that they believe
to be made of redwood and cedar, but that actually contain an appreciable
amount of China fir lumber.
Rainbow is concerned that, if this trend goes unchecked, consumers will
not get the products for which they paid and that the credibility of the
residential playground industry as a whole will be damaged.
Additional questions about this matter may be directed to Jessica
Davis, Caffeine Communications: 414-727-6978 or [email protected]
About Rainbow Play Systems, Inc.
Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation with its
principal place of business at 500 Rainbow Parkway, Brookings, SD 57006.
Rainbow manufactures and markets premium wood play structures that are sold
and distributed throughout the United States and in numerous countries
throughout the world. For more information, please visit