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Safety Inspection and Repair Costs Partially Covered in Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing Settlement

Outcome: Safety inspection and repair costs partially covered for affected consumers

James Roy and George Laufert v. Titeflex Corporation t/a Gastite and Ward Manufacturing, LLC, Case No.: 384003V in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland

In 2012, one person was killed and another injured in a house fire in Lubbock, Texas. The home had caught fire when natural gas lines made of corrugated stainless-steel tubing (CSST) broke and ignited after being struck by lightning. Although the fire risk of CSST was known as early as 2005, it was still installed in many homes throughout the 2000s and early 2010s. After the fire, Titeflex Corporation and Ward Manufacturing LLC, two major manufacturers of CSST, developed new products designed to resist lightning strikes. However, many people still had old tubing in their homes, increasing their risk of injury and property damage.

In 2013, Tycko & Zavareei LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Titeflex on behalf of Maryland customers with old tubing, and in 2016, Tycko & Zavareei LLP added Ward Manufacturing to the lawsuit as well. In 2017, partner Jon Tycko negotiated a settlement with Titeflex and Ward Manufacturing to help homeowners update their natural gas lines and make their homes safer. The settlement provided class members with free safety inspections, up to $400 for the installation of a Lightning Protection System, and up to $125 for work done to ensure CSST installations complied with Maryland’s housing codes. With this settlement, Tycko & Zavareei LLP helped people who had defective and unsafe products in their homes replace them with safer alternatives, thus reducing their risk of fire.

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