Godfrey Hirst appeals High Court ruling on warranties for Cavalier synthetic carpets
By Tina Morrison
Aug. 28 (BusinessDesk) – Godfrey Hirst New Zealand, the local unit of the Geelong, Australia-based carpet maker, is
appealing a High Court judgment on warranties for a new synthetic range of carpets made by rival Cavalier Corp, saying
the carpet industry needs clearer guidance on warranties.
Godfrey Hirst today filed a notice of appeal in the Court of Appeal seeking to clarify some aspects of last month’s High
Court judgement, the company said in a statement. Godfrey Hirst had sought an injunction against Cavalier alleging
breaches of the Fair Trading Act relating to warranties for Cavalier’s new synthetic carpet range.
In the High Court ruling, Justice Murray Gilbert found Cavalier had been in breach of the act with some promotional
statements on its website, which were removed prior to the hearing, Cavalier said earlier this month.
He directed Cavalier to have three words removed from the warranty label that was provided by the yarn supplier of the
three synthetic ranges and declined to issue an injunction against the warranty booklet, Cavalier said.
Shares in Cavalier were unchanged at $1.65 today, and have slipped 1.8 percent this year.