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Court favours Boltex and Weldbend

The US District Court for the Houston Division in the Southern District of Texas, ruled in favour of Boltex and Weldbend in a lawsuit against Ulma Forja.

American carbon steel fitting and flange manufacturers Boltex and Weldbend filed a lawsuit against Spain-based Ulma Forja, part of the Mondragon Corporation, and its US subsidiary, Ulma Piping over claims about normalising its flanges in accordance with American Society of Testing and Materials A105 standards.

Boltex and Weldbend became suspicious over several years when Ulma offered supposedly heat-treated and normalised flanges to US customers at undercutting prices.

In 2017, metallurgical testing suggested that the flanges had not been normalised nor were they in compliance with industry standards as the company had advertised, leading to Ulma being sued and this lawsuit being filed.

The lawsuit stated that Ulma stamped these flanges ‘A105N’ and issued documentation with each flange about its normalised status while it continued to ship the flanges into the US for use in American pipelines, refineries and chemical plants, despite testing showed the flanges were not normalised.

Boltex Chair and President Frank Bernobich said both companies are pleased with the jury’s recognition of Ulma’s unfair and deceptive practices.

“We are very pleased with the jury’s verdict in this case and their findings that Ulma engaged in false advertising and unfair competition, which harmed two American companies and their workers,” said Mr Bernobich.

The trial began on 16 September and was presided over Judge Andrew S Hanen with the jury returning its verdict on 27 September 2019.

For more information visit the Boltex website.

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