KIMBERLY COLE, et al, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, vs. NIBCO, Inc., Defendant

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY

Civil Action No. 13-cv-7871 (FLW)(TJB)

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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.

A proposed settlement has been proposed with NIBCO, Inc. in a class action lawsuit about whether NIBCO, Inc. manufactured or sold defective Tubing, Fittings and Clamps (the “Covered Products”).

  • Tubing: PEX tubing manufactured or sold by NIBCO in the United States using (or labeled by NIBCO as using) its 1006 formulation and used in residential or commercial structures, including NIBCO NEXT-Pure Tubing, NIBCO DURA-PEX Tubing, and NIBCO. The Tubing was manufactured until 2012.
  • Fittings: ASTM F1807 yellow brass fittings manufactured or sold by NIBCO in the United States for use in PEX applications and used in residential or commercial structures. NIBCO stopped manufacturing this product in 2015, though the significant majority had been manufactured and sold by the end of 2012.
  • Clamps: Stainless steel clamps manufactured or sold by NIBCO in the United States for use in PEX applications and used in residential or commercial structures. NIBCO stopped manufacturing this product in 2015, though the significant majority had been manufactured and sold by the end of 2012.

Who’s included in the Settlement Class? The term “Settlement Class” is defined in the Settlement Agreement as:

All Persons that own or have owned at any time since January 1, 2005, a residential or commercial structure in the United States that contains or contained NIBCO’s Tubing, Fittings, or Clamps, including their spouses, joint owners, heirs, executors, administrators, mortgagees, tenants, creditors, lenders, predecessors, successors, trusts and trustees, and assigns (“Occupant Persons”); as well as all Persons who have standing and are entitled to assert a claim on behalf of any such Occupant Persons, such as but not limited to a builder, contractor, distributor, seller, subrogated insurance carrier, or other Person who has claims for contribution, indemnity or otherwise against NIBCO based on claims for Qualifying Leaks of the Tubing, Fittings, or Clamps with respect to such residential or commercial structures. The Settlement Class includes all Persons who subsequently purchase or otherwise obtain an interest in a property covered by this Settlement without the need of a formal assignment by contract or court order.

Excluded from the Settlement Class are Occupant Persons with respect to residential structures constructed by D.R. Horton, Inc.-Birmingham (including, but not limited to, those for which the plumbing contracting was performed by or on behalf of Dupree Plumbing Co. Inc.) and which are located in the following cities in Alabama: Bella Vista; Bessemer; Birmingham; Calera; Chelsea; Cottondale; Hoover; Kimberly; Leeds; Maylene; McCalla; Montgomery; Northport; Odenville; Pinson; Pratville; Springville; Trussville; and Tuscaloosa. Also excluded from the Settlement Class are Occupant Persons with respect to residential structures constructed by Continental Homes of Texas, L.P. (including, but not limited to, those for which the plumbing contracting was performed by or on behalf of Christianson Air Conditioning and Plumbing, LLC) and which are located in the following cities in Texas: Boerne; Cibolo; Converse; Live Oak; Medina County; New Braunfels; Royse City; San Antonio; San Marcos; Schertz; Sequin; and Universal City. A list of such residential structures in Alabama and Texas covered by this exclusion will be provided to the Settlement Administrator and made available on the Settlement Website. Also excluded from the Settlement Class are D.R. Horton, Inc.-Birmingham, Dupree Plumbing Co. Inc., Continental Homes of Texas, L.P., and Christianson Air Conditioning and Plumbing, LLC, solely with respect to the structures identified in that list.

Also excluded from the Settlement Class are: (i) NIBCO, its officers, directors, affiliates, legal representatives, employees, successors, and assigns, and entities in which NIBCO has a controlling interest; (ii) judges presiding over the Litigation; and (iii) local, municipal, state, and federal governmental entities.

What benefits does the Settlement provide? A Settlement Fund of up to $43.5 million will be established that will provide benefits to Settlement Class Members, pay attorneys’ fees and costs, settlement administration costs, and any service awards to the named plaintiffs. Payments to eligible Settlement Class Members who submit a valid and timely Claim Form may include:

  • Payment for Past Property Damage Claims for Qualifying Leaks that occurred between January 1, 2005 and the Effective Date are eligible for a payment between 25% and 70% of their Reasonably Proven Property Damage.
  • Payment for Future Property Damage Claims for Qualifying Leaks that occurs during the Claim Period (after the Effective Date) are eligible for a payment of between 25% and 70% of their Reasonably Proven Property Damage.
  • An optional re-plumb payment covering between 25% and 70% of the cost for those who demonstrate three (3) or more Qualifying Leaks, each one occurring at a separate time after repair and in such a manner that re-plumbing all or part of the structure would mitigate future events.

How do I receive Settlement benefits? You must submit a valid and timely Claim Form to the Settlement Administrator. If the Qualifying Leak occurred between January 1, 2005 and the Effective Date (please note that the Effective Date is not yet known but will not be until at least June 2019, and once known, will be inserted here), the deadline for submitting a Claim Form is 150 days after the Effective Date. If the Qualifying Leak occurs during the Claim Period and after the Effective Date, the deadline for submitting a Claim Form is 150 days after the Qualifying Leak occurs. If three (3) or more Qualifying Leaks are experienced, the deadline for submitting a re-plumb claim is 150 days after the Effective Date if the leaks were experienced before the Effective Date or 150 days after the third Qualifying Leak occurs if such third leak occurs after the Effective Date. The Claim Form, once approved by the Court, will be posted on this website.

Who represents me? The Court appointed Berger Montague PC and Sauder Schelkopf LLC as Co-Lead Class Counsel to represent the Settlement Class. You do not have to pay Class Counsel. If you wish to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense. The contact information for Co-Lead Class Counsel is set forth below:

Shanon J. Carson
Lawrence Deutsch
Jacob M. Polakoff
Berger Montague PC
1818 Market Street, Suite 3600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (215) 875-3070
Email: nibco@bm.net

Joseph G. Sauder
Matthew D. Schelkopf
Joseph B. Kenney
Sauder Schelkopf LLC
555 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn, PA 19312
Telephone: (888) 711-9975
Email: jbk@sstriallawyers.com

Your options. If you are included in the Settlement Class and do not submit a Claim Form, your rights will be affected and you will not receive any payment from this Settlement. If you do not want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself or you won’t be able to sue, or continue to sue, NIBCO about the legal claims resolved by the Settlement. Once approved by the Court, instructions explaining how to exclude yourself will be available on this website. The deadline date for filing an exclusion will be set by the Court and this website will be updated once known. If you do not exclude yourself, you may object to the Settlement by submitting a written objection. Once approved by the Court, instructions explaining how to object to the settlement will be available on this website. The deadline date for submitting an objection will be set by the Court and this website will be updated once known.

The Final Approval Hearing. The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement. The date of the Final Approval Hearing will be set by the Court and this website will be updated once known.

If you would like more Information about this settlement, please call 1-855-649-5968 or email the Settlement Administrator at info@PexSystemSettlement.com.

THIS WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY FOR IMPORTANT DATES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THIS SETTLEMENT.



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