November 2019, Vol. 246, No. 11

Global News

Weldbend, Boltex Win Lawsuit Against Ulma Forja

A jury returned a verdict in favor of Weldbend and Boltex on all counts in a lawsuit filed by the American carbon steel flange manufacturers against Spain’s Ulma Forja and its U.S. subsidiary, Ulma Piping.

Chicago-based Weldbend and Boltex of Houston became suspicious when Ulma began offering supposedly heat-treated (“normalized”) flanges to U.S. customers at undercut prices. Plaintiffs sued Ulma in 2017 after metallurgical testing suggested that Ulma’s flanges had not been normalized and did not meet industry standards as claimed.

“I want to thank the jury for recognizing Ulma’s unfair and deceptive practices that have gone on for years,” Weldbend President James Coulas Jr. said. “American companies like Weldbend and Boltex can compete with anyone in the world on a fair and level playing field.”

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