National Geographic : 2008 Jun
Legal Notice If You Own a Home or Other Structure with Polybutylene Plumbing You May Have a Claim to Receive Benefits in a Class Action Settlement. You may be eligible to receive benefits from a Settlement approved by the Chancery Court for Obion County, Tennessee. The case is entitled Cox v. Shell Oil Company. The $1.103 billion Settlement of the class action lawsuit was entered on November 17, 1995. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of homeowners with polybutylene plumbing (PB pipe). Eligible homeowners could receive a free replacement of their PB pipe. To get complete information you should visit www.pbpipe.com or call 1-800-392-7591. Who is Eligible? You could be eligible for relief if you own a home IdentifyingPB Pipe with PB pipe that has insert fittings. The PB * PB pipe is used in water supply systems. It pipe must have been installed between January is a non-rigid, sometimes curved and usually 1, 1978 and July 31, 1995. If your PB pipe has gray plastic pipe. leaked in the past or leaks in the future, you may * PB pipe is NOT used for drains, waste or vent be entitled to benefits, piping. * PB pipe is NOT PVC or CPVC, which is a rigid What Does the Settlement Provide? white or off-white plastic pipe. The Settlement provides a free replacement of the PB pipe and compensation for damage to property of homeowners with qualifying leaks. If your home has PB pipe, please visit the Web site or call the toll-free number below to get complete information on eligibility, filing a claim and deadlines. You must complete a Claim Eligibility Form to qualify for relief. The Right to Exclude Yourself If you purchased your home after September 12, 2005, you may have the right to exclude yourself from the Class. If you exclude yourself, you will not receive any Settlement benefits and you will not be bound by the terms of the Settlement. To exclude yourself, you need to complete, sign and return an Exclusion Request by September 1, 2008. The home purchase date for exclusion may be different for some homeowners with PB pipe living in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.* For more information on your rights under the Settlement, including the Notice of Class Action and Settlement, the Claim Eligibility Form and the Exclusion Request, Visit the PB Pipe Web site Call the Toll-Free Telephone Number www.pbpipe.com 1-800-392-7591 Or write to: Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center, PO Box 869006, Piano, TX 75086-9006 *Homeowners living in certain counties in the Gulf Coast area that were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita can exclude themselves if their home was purchased after August 12, 2002. To see if your county is included, please visit the Web site or call the toll-free number.