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Owens-Illinois, Owens-Brockway: SA winery sues over bottle advice

A lawsuit against glass packaging majors Owens-Illinois and Owens-Brockway Glass Containers Inc. was filed by The Mason Law Firm, based in Washington D.C., on behalf of its client, Twee Jonge Gezellen…

A lawsuit against glass packaging majors Owens-Illinois and Owens-Brockway Glass Containers Inc. was filed by The Mason Law Firm, based in Washington D.C., on behalf of its client, Twee Jonge Gezellen, the second oldest winery in South Africa on 7 June 2004. The lawsuit arises from the sale of defective wine bottles to Twee Jonge Gezellen and other South African producers of champagne. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In the suit, Twee Jonge Gezellen claims that Owens-Illinois provided manufacturing advice to the South African manufacturer of the bottles to be used by Twee Jonge Gezellen and other area wineries. As the result of a flaw in the bottles, numerous South African makers of “Cap Classique” champagnes were unable to bring their product to market in the mid-1990s. The problem has a significant impact on the development of the South African champagne industry, the effects of which are still being felt. Twee Jonge Gezellen claims that as a result of its inability to manufacture its product, fulfill requests for orders, and otherwise proceed with the development of its business as planned, it suffered direct and indirect economic losses, including loss of future profits, and other consequential economic losses. Twee Jonge Gezellen is represented by Gary E. Mason of The Mason Law Firm, P.C., which specializes in consumer class actions and mass torts.

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