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Chemtura files suit against new California fire-safety rule

2:42 PM MST | January 27, 2014 | —Vincent Valk

Chemtura has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California at Sacramento seeking to overturn California’s new fire-safety standard for upholstered furniture. The standard, which requires furniture meet a cigarette “smolder test” to be considered safe for the public, is weaker than the old standard, Chemtura says. Until recently, California’s rules also required furniture to meet an open-flame test in addition to the cigarette smolder test. The open-flame test ensures the furniture does not ignite after exposure to a match, candle, or lighter, while...

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