A website has been established to inform Class Members of their rights under a proposed Viking sprinkler class action settlement.
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The Viking sprinkler website explains that Viking Group Inc. has reached a settlement with consumers who filed a class action lawsuit claiming that VK457 sprinklers sold between Jan. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2015 are defective and may activate when a fire is not present.
Viking Group denies the allegations and claims that the sprinklers in question were certified by all applicable industry standards and are free from defects.
The proposed settlement deal offers compensation to consumers who had VK457 sprinklers manufactured between Jan. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2015 installed in their property.
Class Members can choose to have their sprinklers replaced at no cost to them, or if they have already paid to replace the sprinklers, they can receive a reimbursement for the replacement cost.
Additionally, consumers who can prove that they not only installed the sprinklers, but suffered damage related to the defect can be eligible for monetary compensation.
The benefits under the Activation Remedy include the following:
- “expenses paid to remediate water damage as a direct result of a non-fire activation”
- “expenses paid to repair or replace property damaged as a direct result of a non-fire activation the material and labor costs reasonably necessary to bring the structure and its contents back to the same finish and quality as existed before a non-fire activation”
- “alternative lodging and meals for those displaced by a non-fire activation for a duration not to exceed the amount of time reasonably necessary to return the home to a condition for occupancy”
The settlement website explains that Class Members cannot yet file a claim for benefits, but will be able to do so starting on Feb. 15, 2020.
Currently, consumers can take some action regarding their rights in the pending sprinkler class action settlement.
Class Members can opt out of or request to be excluded from the Viking sprinkler class action settlement. They must do so before May 8, 2020.
Consumers who opt out of or request to be excluded from the Viking class action settlement will not be able to claim benefits from the settlement, but retain their rights to pursue independent litigation over the alleged sprinkler defect.
Class Members can also submit a written objection to the sprinkler settlement deal, and must do so by May 8, 2020. Consumers may attend the final approval hearing for the settlement, which is scheduled for June 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Consumers also have the option to do nothing, but if they choose this option, they will receive no benefits from the settlement and waive their right to pursue independent legal action.
Class Members who wish to receive settlement benefits, and inso doing waive their rights to pursue litigation, must submit a benefits claim by a deadline yet to be established.
Have you experienced problems with Vikings sprinklers? Let us know in the comments below.
The Class Members are represented by James P. Ulwick of Kramon & Graham PA; and by Joseph G. Sauder, Matthew D. Schelkopf, and Joseph B. Kennedy of Sauder Schelkopf LLC.
The Viking Sprinkler Defect Class Action Lawsuit is Gayl Jackson, et al. v. Viking Group Inc., et al. Case No. 8:18-cv-02356-PJM, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
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