On May 21 the United States District Court, Southern District
of Florida awarded Nebula Glass International, d/b/a Glasslam
N.G.I. Inc. $22.5 million in a jury verdict against one of its
former vendors, Durham, N.C.-based Reichhold Inc.
Steve Howes, president and owner of Glasslam said that from the
late 1990s through 2001 Reichhold had agreed to manufacture polymer
resin for Glasslam, under certain specifications. Howes explained
that without Glasslam's knowledge or consent, Reichhold failed
to manufacture the polymer resin in accordance with the given
specifications. This, according to Howes, caused many of Glasslam's
customers to experience failures with their products.
During the hearing, the jury agreed with Glasslam that the problems
were due to Reichhold's failure to manufacture the resins as specified.
The jury awarded damages to Glasslam for losses and for the replacement
of its customers' failed products.
"This trial proved Glasslam did nothing wrong," said
Howes. "We lost some of our reputation as a first-class resin
supplier over this, and the trial proved the problem was not our
According to Phil Bridges, corporate and marketing communications
manager for Reichhold, his company was disappointed with the jury's
verdict, and does not believe it is supported by the evidence.
He said they are appealing the decision.
"We are confident we will prevail, because we believe our
resin did not fail and would not fail in the application,"