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Polybutylene Plumbing Problems 
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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 non-rigid, 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 white or 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 not 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.


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