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Real estate owners to reap sprinkler system settlement

Commercial, residential landlords with leaky Poz-Lok piping to receive $14.5 million

Real estate managers who own or owned commercial or residential buildings in which a fire sprinkler system using Poz-Lok was installed may be eligible to receive payment if their piping has leaked, according to a court-approved consumer notification program launched today. Poz-Lok piping can be identified by several of its distinctive features. It is comprised of thin-walled galvanized steel pipe, ductile iron rubber gasketed fittings and a "U"-shaped locking fitting. The reimbursement program is a result of a multimillion-dollar settlement of a class action suit previously certified by Federal District Judge Jeremy Fogel of the Northern District of California. The suit alleges that Poz-Lok piping is defective and prone to premature corrosion, which leads to leaking. The settlement provides up to $14.5 million, funded by the defendants and their insurers over the next 18 years, to reimburse them and pay the expenses associated with the class action. Class Members may submit a clai...