Product expo
Published on 8 - May - 2008

PMS settles out of court over tumble dryer balls

After a year of wrangling Green Lane Products has reached an amicable out-of-court settlement which will see housewares supplier PMS International and retailer Poundland withdraw their spiky tumble dryer balls from sale.

PMS settles out of court over tumble dryer balls
Green Lane has "no hesitation in mounting ferocious litigation"

Green Lane Products, the company behind the Aerolatte milk frother and Diablo stove-top toasted snack maker, designed its own technically-advanced Dryerballs product, which it registered in Europe in 2004. The product reduces drying time and softens clothes without the use of chemicals, and as such is a low-cost, eco-friendly and energy-saving solution. It has sold in huge numbers throughout Europe.

"We're glad to have put this case behind us," said Green Lane's Gary Lane. "This enables us to continue our exclusive domination of this marketplace in Europe. We've illustrated to our distributors, retailers and consumers that we stand firmly behind our innovative products. We'll have no hesitation in mounting equally ferocious litigation against any distributors that do not totally respect our European Design Registration Rights".

A spokesman for PMS commented that "it was a very difficult area of the law for all the parties in this action to navigate. It's undoubted that the Green Lane Dryerballs are a quality product that has considerable legal protection under UK and European IPR Law, and settling the proceedings was an appropriate commercial solution for all parties in order to curtail the mounting and hugely expensive legal costs.

"Green Lane displayed a passion and aggression to protect their Dryerballs product. The legal proceedings have been discontinued, the case is settled and PMS and Poundland will not carry this product in the future."

Green Lane Products is a small private company that designs, develops and markets innovative products. PMS International supplies an extensive range of consumer goods, and has Ethos Housewares as a subsidiary.

This page
Email  Send to a friend   Print  Printer friendly   Comment   Print  Link to this page

Click here to leave a comment
4/12/2011 10:45:00 AM
The Original Dryerballs
By Eskimo Huskies
The Original Dryerballs are Pink and Blue.
Any other colour is NOT the Original.
If you have Original Dryerballs in the colour of Pink and Blue, then these are quality made, and they should not split or loose their spikes.
Check out the Website:

8/13/2010 4:56:00 PM
dryer balls
By brian & sarah roberts
Hi, we also have green and orange dryer balls and have a problem with the green ball which has split open. Can you help please, the balls are less than 1 year old, and get used twice/3 times weekly, no more.Thanks, b & s roberts.

10/10/2009 10:41:00 PM
dryerball spikes
By Mary Coffey
I have used two dryer balls regularly over the past four years. One is coloured green and the other orange. After three years use, the orange ball steadily lost its spikes whereas the green ball remained 'as new'. Is there a problem with the orange plastic?9

Make a comment?
Your name

Inform me of responses to this comment

Datateam Business Media Limited 2008. news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.

We use cookies to make this site as useful as possible. They are small text files we put in your browser to track and assist usage of our site but, with the exception of cookies that help you log in, they don't tell us who you are.
You can control cookies in your browser settings. If you use our site it implies that you consent to our cookie usage. To find out more about how we use cookies and how you can control them, click here to see our cookie policy.