A $16.5 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging DuraPro toilet connectors with plastic coupling nuts were defective and caused consumers to experience property damage.
If you experienced property damage due to a DuraPro toilet connector with a plastic coupling nut, you may be entitled to benefits from the DuraPro class action settlement.
The affected DuraPro toilet connectors have coupling nuts made from acetal plastic imported from China through Linx Ltd. or MTD (USA) Corp. for distribution and/or sale in the United States, and which have a six-ribbed design or a bi-wing design.
The plaintiffs allege that defendant Interline Brands Inc. manufactured, designed, distributed and sold DuraPro toilet connectors with defective plastic coupling nuts.
The DuraPro class action lawsuit also claims Interline knew that the product was defective years before they were redesigned or replaced, and that the company failed to provide adequate installation instructions and warnings to prevent failure of the coupling nuts.
According to the DuraPro class action lawsuit, Interline’s conduct led to consumers experiencing property damage when their DuraPro toilet connectors failed. The plaintiffs say that the DuraPro toilet connectors “pose a substantial risk of failure by permitting the unrestricted flow of water causing catastrophic water damage to property.”
Interline denies the allegations and maintains that the DuraPro toilet connectors are not defective. The company says that any failures of the toilet connectors are the result of other factors such as improper installation, misuse or the product lifespan. Interline agreed to settle the DuraPro class action lawsuit to avoid the burden and expense of ongoing litigation.
Class Members who would like to opt out of or object to the DuraPro class action settlement must do so no later than Aug. 20, 2018.
If you have owned or leased a residence or other structure in the United States that contains an eligible DuraPro toilet connector with a plastic coupling nut, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation from the DuraPro class action settlement.
The pictures on this page will help you determine if your toilet tank connector is part of the settlement.
Up to $20 or 30% of property damage.
The DuraPro class action settlement provides cash payments for $4 to replace allegedly defective DuraPro toilet connections (up to $20) and up to 30 percent of the property damage caused by failure of the DuraPro toilet connector coupling nut.
Proof of Purchase
To be eligible for compensation, you must provide evidence that you are currently in possession of, or that you have replaced without compensation/reimbursement, an installed DuraPro toilet connector in a residence or structure that you own or lease.
Class Members seeking compensation for property damage must provide evidence that they have a DuraPro toilet connector with a plastic coupling nut that failed and caused property damage. Claimants may submit receipts, invoices, estimates for damages not covered by insurance, proof of payment, and other documentation showing how much they paid in relation to property damage caused by DuraPro toilet connector failure.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
The deadline to file a DuraPro toilet connector replacement claim will be two years after the final approval order. The deadline for property damage claims will be four years after the final approval order.
Jacqueline D. Ajose, et al. v. Interline Brands Inc., Case No. 14-CV-01707, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
UPDATE: The DuraPro Toilet Connector Class Action Settlement was granted final approval on October 23, 2018. Let Top Class Actions know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
Ajose v. Interline Claims Administrator
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Portland, OR 97208-2876
Simon B. Paris
SALTZ MONGELUZZI BARRETT & BENDESKY PC
Mark A. Salky
Timothy A. Kolaya
GREENBERG TRAURIG PA
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