Zurn Pipe Fittings Class Action Settlement
By Mike Holter
Thousands of homeowners may qualify to participate in a $20 million class action lawsuit settlement over defective plumbing systems manufactured by Zurn Pex, Inc. and Zurn Industries LLC.
The Zurn plumbing settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit known as In re: Zurn Pex Plumbing Products Liability Litigation that alleges Zurn sold defective F1807 Pipe Fittings between 1996 and 2010 that prematurely degrade, leak and cause damage as a result of corrosion. The class action lawsuit also claims that the warranty Zurn provided with these F1807 Fittings should pay for repairs related to their alleged failures. It is seeking money damages for current and former owners of structures containing the defective Zurn pipe fittings and a court order requiring Zurn to honor future warranty claims for damage resulting from the F1807 Fittings.
Zurn denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to a $20 million class action lawsuit settlement to avoid ongoing litigation.
Class Members of the Zurn class action settlement include any person or entity that owns or owned a building or property containing brass crimp fittings and connectors manufactured to ASTM standard F1807 and which were made from a type of brass commonly known as “yellow brass.” People and entities that paid for damage or repairs caused by a leak of a Zurn F1807 fitting or connector may also file a claim in this settlement.
You can tell if your plumbing system contains Zurn’s F1807 Fittings because they are stamped with “Qpex.” The fittings (known as QestPEX Crimp System, Qicksert fittings, and Qick/Sert insert fittings) can be located at joints in the plastic pipe. You can learn more about the F1807 Fittings by visiting www.PlumbingFittingSettlement.com.
Class Members that experienced at least one leak in a Zurn F1807 Fitting due to corrosion or are able to demonstrate through a “flow test” that corrosion is causing a differential in water flow of more 50% between the hot and cold lines of one or more system fixtures are eligible to seek benefits under the Zurn plumbing fittings class action lawsuit settlement.
These benefits include, but are not limited to:
Payment of Property Damages Due to Leaks: Receive up to 60% of documented damage resulting from each leak (up to $100,000) that occur(ed) during the seven year claims period. You must provide proof of the presence of the F1807 Fittings in the subject property and documentation sufficient to support the claim (photographs, invoices, video, or other support) and establish that the root cause of the leak was corrosion of the Zurn F1807 Fittings. Claims filed without supporting documentation may not be paid.
Re-Plumbs of Structures that have Experienced Multiple Leaks: If you own a Small Structure or Medium Structure that has had two or more leaks prior to April 1, 2020, or a Large Structure that has had five or more leaks prior to April 1, 2020, whose root cause was corrosion of F1807 Fittings, you may request to have your plumbing system replaced by an approved contractor. The Claims Administrator will pay you up to 60% of the re-plumb cost, with the balance to be paid by you before the work is done.
For Small Structures and Medium Structures, such payment by the Claims Administrator will be subject to a cap of $7,000 and within an overall per claim cap (meaning the cost of re-plumb plus the cost paid due to the leak that led to the re-plumb) of $100,000. For Large Structures, the cap will be $100,000, including both the amounts paid for the re-plumb and the amounts paid as a result of property damage from the leak that led to the re-plumb.
If the third-party Remediation Contractor is unable to perform the re-plumb, or if you do not wish to use the Remediation Contractor to do the work or do not wish the re-plumb to be done with a Zurn Pex plumbing system, the Claims Administrator will pay a contractor of your choosing a cash equivalent out of the settlement fund equal to what the Settlement Agreement provides would have been paid to the Remediation Contractor for the work.
The ONLY way to receive any money benefits from the Zurn plumbing settlement is to submit a Claim Form with supporting documentation and information to the Claims Administrator by the appropriate deadline. For a leak or occlusion that occurs on or before April 1, 2013, Settlement Class Members must complete and submit a Claim Form no later than April 1, 2014 (the “Past Claims Deadline”).
For a leak or occlusion that occurs after April 1, 2013, Settlement Class Members must complete and submit a Claim Form no later than 12 months after an eligible leak or occlusion occurs. However, no further claims will be allowed after April 1, 2020 (the “Future Claims Deadline”).
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Zurn Plumbing Fitting Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.PlumbingFittingSettlement.com.
Detailed claims filing instructions can be found in our Open Lawsuit Settlements section.
Updated March 1st, 2013
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