Victims of Toxic Chinese Sofas to Receive $30 Million Payout

Hundreds of U.K. consumers who suffered severe burns from toxic sofas manufactured in China will receive a combined compensation payout of US$30 million.
The High Court in London approved a settlement for over 1,500 Britons, in what is believed to be the largest consumer group litigation in British history. The case is the latest in a string of lawsuits for tainted products made in China.
The victims received skin burns and peeling from a chemical called DMF (dimethyl fumarate) that was found in the leather sofas manufactured by Chinese firms Linkwise and Eurosofa. The chemical was used to treat the sofas to prevent mold during their transit from China and subsequent storage.
Others suffered breathing problems and irritation of the eyes. Read more.