You are a Class Member if you own or owned a commercial or residential building in which a fire sprinkler system using Poz-Lok pipe was installed. If you fit this description, you are automatically a Class Member who may be entitled to cash compensation.
About How Much Money
The amount of compensation any Class Member may receive is within the discretion of the Settlement Administrator, as governed by the Settlement Agreement and Protocols. Generally speaking, Class Members that submit a claim establishing that they currently have or have had a Qualified Leak in the Poz-Lok Fire Sprinkler Pipe or Components will be entitled to receive between $10.00 and $30.00 per linear foot of pipe which the Settlement Administrator determines requires or required replacement. This amount is subject to a schedule that is premised on the length of time the pipe has been installed prior to leaking. If the pipe leaks within the first six (6) years of installation, then class members will receive 100% of the amount to repair or replace the pipe, subject to the $10 to $30 per linear foot determination. The percentage recovered decreases by 10% each year thereafter. As a result, a Class Member whose pipe leaks eight (8) years after installation will receive 80% of the cost to repair and replace the pipe per linear foot.
In addition, the Settlement Administrator may approve for such claims an amount to compensate Class Members for Consequential Damages caused by Qualified Leaks. (The Settlement provides that Class Members are entitled to 100% of their Consequential Damages for Qualified Leaks occurring within the first ten (10) years after installation of the pipe, and 75% of Consequential Damages for Qualified Leaks occurring between ten (10) and fifteen (15) years after installation of the pipe.)
What Proof is Needed
Claim form signed under penalty of perjury that your Poz-Lok Fire Sprinkler and or its components have leaked within the past year
Foothill/DeAnza Community College District vs. Northwest Pipe Company, et al., No. C-00-20749-JF (EAI).
Poz-Lok is a brand of pipe and pipe fittings sold for use in fire sprinkler systems in residential and commercial buildings beginning in 1990. The plaintiff class representative has brought this action on behalf of a class of owners of buildings with fire sprinkler systems containing Poz-Lok pipe and alleges that Poz-Lok pipes have defective weld seams which lack sufficient zinc galvanizing. The class representative alleges that Poz-Lok pipe is prone to premature corrosion initiating at or near the weld seam, eventually resulting in failure, e.g., leaking, of the pipe. The class representative also alleges that Defendants knew of the alleged defect but concealed it from the owners of buildings in which Poz-Lok pipe was installed. Defendants deny that Poz-Lok pipe is defective or leads to premature corrosion, and deny that they concealed the existence of this alleged defect. Defendants contend that alleged leaks in pipes have been traced to other factors, including faulty installation or maintenance, and microbes in certain water supplies. The Court has not ruled on the merits of plaintiffs' claims and allegations or defendants' responses and defenses.
Amount Available for Settlement
Where to File Form for Claim
Fill out Form Before
Settlement Contact Information
Foothills/DeAnza Community College v. Northwest Pipe Co.
P.O. Box 5053
Portland, OR 97208-5053