After receiving more than 1,000 customer complaints in 2013, Pinellas Park-based Kane’s Furniture from Tampa Bay has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi furniture maker Southern Motion for what the local company is calling defective “bonded leather” items.

Kane’s — whose motto is “Quality so good, it’s guaranteed for life” — seeks damages for breach of warranty and negligence from Southern Motion, whose motto is “The World’s Best Reclining Furniture.”

“Bonded leather” is a bit of a misnomer: It’s not 100% leather at all, but less than 17%, according to Kane’s. Customers’ complaints have centered on Southern Motion’s furniture peeling and flaking.

Bonded leather is made from compacted leather fibres and is traditionally heavily coated. 

Source: Tampa Bay Times