By RICHARD FISCHERFox News 16 has obtained a document outlining how a plastics manufacturing factory in Florida has become a dumping ground for the plastic packaging manufactured at other plants around the country.
The document is part of a lawsuit filed by a group of consumers who claim the plastic packaged in plastic bags, plastic cans and plastic packaging used at a Walmart store in Lakeland, Florida, violates federal laws that require labels to state the name and address of the manufacturer.
According to the document, the factory was purchased by Walmart in 2013 and renamed “Hampton Packaging Co. of Florida.”
The documents indicates the new factory has a workforce of 1,500 and produces about 3,500 pounds of plastic per year.
The company has produced plastic bags for Walmart since 1996, and in that time the company has purchased a fleet of at least 5,000 plastic bags at an average cost of $1.75 per bag, the documents show.
The bags were then sold in Florida.
The documents also show that Walmart bought the factory from the manufacturer in 2015 for $10 million.
Walmart has denied any wrongdoing and has paid a $300,000 penalty to the Department of Labor.
The factory is a separate entity from the same company that manufactures the products at the Hampton Packaging plant in Lakeville, according to the documents.
Hampton is the largest supplier of plastic bags in the U.S. and accounts for about 40 percent of all the plastic bags produced in the country, according the documents from the federal department.
The company also manufactures a wide range of plastic packaging and packaging-related products, including plastic bottles, cans, food packaging and bags for pet food and toys.
The document was obtained by Fox News 16 through an open records request and was prepared by an outside attorney, who is representing the plaintiffs in the case.
The court has not yet set a hearing date.
In a statement, Walmart said it was reviewing the complaint.
“We are committed to working with our suppliers to help ensure the highest standards of product quality are met.
Walmart is committed to transparency and accountability and to taking action to protect our suppliers’ and customers’ rights.”
The lawsuit is a response to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2014 decision in a similar case that found Walmart had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The agency said that the new lawsuit is not related to the FTC’s decision and is not in any way related to its enforcement actions.
The FTC’s complaint was based on a number of facts, including that Walmart had been using the Hampton plant to manufacture plastic bags since 1996.
The complaint said that Walmart knew or should have known that plastic bags used at the plant were hazardous to human health, and that the plant was responsible for a number the chemical emissions from the facility, including carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide, the materials that can cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
The agency said Walmart knew about and conspired to avoid its obligations under the law.
Walmart said in a statement that it would cooperate fully with the government investigation and would cooperate with any future civil or criminal actions that may be filed against the company.
The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order preventing Walmart from using the new Hampton facility to manufacture and sell plastic bags.
It also seeks to enjoin Walmart from destroying the new plant and the Hampton facility as a whole.