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What are the details of the polybutylene lawsuit and resulting polybutylene class action settlement?

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The Cox versus Shell Oil, et. al. class action lawsuit brought legal action in reference to the installation of polybutylene pipes in homes between 1978 and 1995. As part of the settlement, $1 billion was awarded to qualified members of the class action.

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Chlorine water running through polybutylene piping caused fittings to fail, resulting in property damage and the need for repairs. Claimants who qualify to receive part of the settlement are entitled to the cash value of any repairs that had to be performed as the result of damages caused by leaky polybutylene pipes. In some cases, claimants may also be eligible to receive free replacement pipes.

There are strict guidelines for qualifying to receive part of the settlement. Homeowners must have owned a home with polybutylene piping installed with PB fittings between 1978 and 1995 and have experienced at least one leak that did not happen as a result of one of the excluded circumstances. Mobile homes and yard lines are eligible within 10 years of having experienced a leak following PB installation. Single-unit dwellings and apartment buildings with Acetal fittings are eligible within 13 years of having experienced a leak following PB installation. Single unit dwellings with metal fittings are eligible within 16 years of having experienced a leak following PB installation.

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