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Plumbing accident lands petroleum producer in court

Is previous property owner liable for poorly installed hot water pipe?
Published on Sep 29, 2004

Kevin Lewis, an electrician, was severely injured when a hot water pipe burst while he was working for an electrical contractor at a commercial building. A copper hot water pipe broke, releasing steam, causing Lewis to fall and suffer additional injuries. Later, Lewis sued the current building owner for negligence, premises liability and other causes of action. He settled with the property owner. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Then he sued the previous owner of the property, Chevron USA Inc., which sold the building to its current owner eight years before the accident. Evidence showed the pipe rupture was due to a poorly soldered pipe joint, apparently installed while Chevron owned the building. Chevron argued there was no evidence it knew of the alleged pipe defect when it sold the building eight years before Lewis' injury. If you were the judge would you rule Chevron is liable to Lewis for his injury because the poorly soldered pipe joint was allegedly installed by Chevron m...

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