The vinyl flooring industry decided May 29 to drop a lawsuit against New York state after the government agreed not to restrict the use of PVC flooring in buildings that receive tax credits for being environmentally friendly.
Industry officials said they dropped the suit because the state backed away from its earlier insistence that PVC could not be used in any building that wanted to benefit from a New York state tax credit program for green buildings.
The lawsuit was brought by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, a Rockville-based trade group representing vinyl flooring materials.
Bill Hall, counsel for RFCI and a lawyer with Winston & Strawn in Washington, said that a recent court filing from the state was the first time the government had said it would allow PVC flooring to be used in buildings that wanted the tax credits.
An environmental group opposed to using PVC in buildings hailed the industry decision to drop the lawsuit. Bill Walsh, national coordinator with the Healthy Building Network in Washington, said that if the vinyl industry had won the court case, vinyl flooring itself would have been eligible for tax credits.