$43.5 Million NIBCO PEX Class Action Settlement Announced
It appears as though allegedly defective plumbing products have hit the market again. On October 26th, 2018, the NIBCO PEX Settlement Administrator and Plaintiffs’ law firms announced a class action settlement involving allegedly defective PEX tubing, fittings and clamps. Per the settlement website: “You may be entitled to benefits from a class action settlement if: (a) you have owned or occupied at any time since January 1, 2005, a residential or commercial structure in the United States that contains or contained NIBCO’s Pex Tubing, Fittings or Clamps and have unreimbursed costs or damages resulting from water leaking from one of these products, or (b) you have repaired or paid to repair damage resulting from water leaking from one of these products in one of these structures.”
This is yet another setback for product manufacturers and represents a continuing set of challenges for the industry. Back in the late 90’s, certain PEX piping systems used yellow brass fittings which, under certain circumstances, dezincified and failed prematurely resulting in a series of class action lawsuits and settlements. Prior to that, in 1995, a one-billion dollar class action settlement resulted in tens of thousands of homes being repiped, but left tens of thousands more unprotected after they failed to replace their pipes during the qualifying settlement period.
Today, SageWater stands uniquely prepared to service multi-family and condominium customers suffering from all forms of allegedly defective and aging pipes. If a piping system in your building is leaking regularly, call us for a free consultation.
For more information on the latest NIBCO settlement, please visit: http://www.pexsystemsettlement.com
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