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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
For homeowners with leaky or bursting plastic plumbing, relief may be less imminent -- and less extensive -- than some attorneys had hoped.A Houston judge last week threw out a $750 million class-action settlement between homeowners and three chemical companies over faulty, polybutylene pipes and fittings.The settlement -- agreed to last fall by Hoechst Celanese Corp., Shell Oil Co. and Du Pont Co.-- would have paid to replace plumbing and repair water damage in homes across the country, an attorney for the homeowners said.
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By Martin Schneider and Martin Schneider,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 21, 1999
More than 14,000 Marylanders have now taken advantage of a $950 million settlement against Shell Chemical Co. that provides homeowners nationwide with free replacement of leaking polybutylene (PB) plastic plumbing systems and reimbursement for property damage.Not every PB system leaks, but the material is susceptible to corrosion when it comes into contact with chlorinated water, resulting in breakage and splitting of PB piping.Design and installation errors also contribute to the leakage.
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By Gene Austin and Gene Austin,Knight-Ridder News Service | November 28, 1992
Installing a faucet or another plumbing fixture can be tricky if the installer uses old methods -- such as rigid copper pipes -- to bring water to the fixture from the shut-off valves.But faucet replacement and several other plumbing projects often undertaken by do-it-yourselfers can be greatly simplified by using flexible connectors that can be installed without the cutting, soldering or alignment problems that can occur with rigid pipes.The connectors, sometimes called risers, also work with new toilet tanks, water heaters and dishwashers.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | September 3, 1995
Plastic pipes used underground to carry water from mains to curbside water meters have proved so fragile that Harford County has gone to court to recover repair costs that eventually could exceed $25 million, attorneys for the county said.The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Harford Circuit Court, is the first of its kind in Maryland and one of only a handful to address the public works side of a national concern involving polybutylene, a plastic resin produced by Shell Oil and Shell Chemical companies.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | September 3, 1995
Plastic pipes used underground to carry water from mains to curbside water meters have proved so fragile that Harford County has gone to court to recover repair costs that eventually could exceed $25 million, attorneys for the county said.The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Harford Circuit Court, is the first of its kind in Maryland and one of only a handful to address the public works side of a national concern involving polybutylene, a plastic resin produced by Shell Oil and Shell Chemical companies.
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By Martin Schneider and Martin Schneider,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 21, 1999
More than 14,000 Marylanders have now taken advantage of a $950 million settlement against Shell Chemical Co. that provides homeowners nationwide with free replacement of leaking polybutylene (PB) plastic plumbing systems and reimbursement for property damage.Not every PB system leaks, but the material is susceptible to corrosion when it comes into contact with chlorinated water, resulting in breakage and splitting of PB piping.Design and installation errors also contribute to the leakage.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1997
An estimated 40,000 Maryland homeowners who have faulty polybutylene plastic plumbing have five weeks to stake their claim to a $950 million national settlement -- one of the largest property class-action suits in U.S. history.Under terms settling a Tennessee lawsuit that became final in late 1995, some 6 million homeowners nationwide are seeking compensation for property damage, repair costs and replacement of plumbing systems.In the past four years, a national hot line has received about 143,000 claims, totaling $360 million.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1997
An estimated 40,000 Maryland homeowners who have faulty polybutylene plastic plumbing have five weeks to stake their claim to a $950 million national settlement -- one of the largest property class-action suits in U.S. history.Under terms settling a Tennessee lawsuit that became final in late 1995, some 6 million homeowners nationwide are seeking compensation for property damage, repair costs and replacement of plumbing systems.In the past four years, a national hot line has received about 143,000 claims, totaling $360 million.
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By DAN THANH DANG and DAN THANH DANG,dan.thanh.dang@baltsun.com | September 4, 2008
The Q: Nothing strikes fear in a homeowner's heart like the drip, drip, drip or gurgle of leaky pipes in your abode. While some leaks might be no big deal, others might require a full replacement of all the pipes in your home. Should your home contain polybutylene piping, you might have some financial help available - thanks to two multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits that will cover either 100 percent or 10 percent of the replacement work. Reader Jolene Wagner said she has polybutylene piping in her home, but she isn't sure she qualifies because her pipes aren't leaking.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1997
An estimated 40,000 Maryland homeowners who have faulty polybutylene plastic plumbing have five weeks to stake their claim to a $950 million national settlement -- one of the largest property class action suits in U.S. history.Under terms settling a Tennessee lawsuit that became final in late 1995, some 6 million homeowners nationwide are seeking compensation for property damage, repair costs and replacement of plumbing systems.In the past four years, a national hot line has received about 143,000 claims, totaling $360 million.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
For homeowners with leaky or bursting plastic plumbing, relief may be less imminent -- and less extensive -- than some attorneys had hoped.A Houston judge last week threw out a $750 million class-action settlement between homeowners and three chemical companies over faulty, polybutylene pipes and fittings.The settlement -- agreed to last fall by Hoechst Celanese Corp., Shell Oil Co. and Du Pont Co.-- would have paid to replace plumbing and repair water damage in homes across the country, an attorney for the homeowners said.
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By Gene Austin and Gene Austin,Knight-Ridder News Service | November 28, 1992
Installing a faucet or another plumbing fixture can be tricky if the installer uses old methods -- such as rigid copper pipes -- to bring water to the fixture from the shut-off valves.But faucet replacement and several other plumbing projects often undertaken by do-it-yourselfers can be greatly simplified by using flexible connectors that can be installed without the cutting, soldering or alignment problems that can occur with rigid pipes.The connectors, sometimes called risers, also work with new toilet tanks, water heaters and dishwashers.
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December 1, 2002
Dear Mr. Azrael: We had a house built in 1984 in Baltimore County. Last August, the yard service water line to our home failed, causing some water to enter the basement. The repairs cost about $4,000. The problem was traced to the polybutylene (PB) piping system. We heard the legal case of Cox vs. Shell Oil, et al., a class action lawsuit which was settled. The settlement provided a substantial fund of money to reimburse homeowners who sustained damages from failed PB piping. There also was a television advertisement in reference to PB systems: "If your home was built between 1978 and 1995 or purchased after 1999, call 800-392-7591 to determine eligibility."
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