With 6 million homes having this problematic plumbing, it is the
most significant plumbing class action lawsuit to date
Read the details below of the
lawsuit on this faulty plumbing
If You Own a Home or Other Structure with Polybutylene Plumbing
There was a major class action settlement.
The Settlement approved by the Chancery Court for Obion County,
Tennessee has expired. The case is entitled Cox v. Shell Oil
Company. The $1.103 billion Settlement of the class
action lawsuit was entered on November 17, 1995. The
lawsuit was brought on behalf of homeowners with
polybutylene plumbing (PB pipe). Eligible homeowners
could receive a free replacement of their PB pipe.
PB pipe is used in water supply systems. It is a
sometimes curved and usually gray plastic pipe. PB pipe is NOT used for drains, waste or vent
piping. PB pipe is NOT PVC or CPVC, which is a rigid
off-white plastic pipe.
The Right to Exclude Yourself
If you purchased your home after September 12,
2005, you may have the right to exclude yourself
from the Class. If you exclude yourself, you will
receive any Settlement benefits and you will not be
bound by the terms of the Settlement. To exclude
yourself, you need to complete, sign and return an
Exclusion Request by September 1, 2008. The home
purchase date for exclusion may be different for
some homeowners with PB pipe living in Alabama,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.*
*Homeowners living in certain counties in the Gulf
Coast area that were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita can
exclude themselves if
their home was purchased after August 12, 2002. To
see if your county is included, please visit the Web site or call
the toll-free number.
Read more about
Polybutylene plumbing problems here
If a manufactured home has had it's polybutylene pipes replaced
in Washington State, you may find this tag on the end of the
building from the Department of
Labor and Industries.
Inspections of Puget Sound