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This website has been established by Class Counsel to provide information to class members of the class action lawsuit involving brass KITEC® plumbing fittings ("Kitec® Fittings") that was certified by the Nevada District Court on October 16, 2006, which alleges that KITEC® Fittings are defective because they dezincify and fail when exposed to water.


This class action includes all owners of residences in Clark County, Nevada that contain, or at any time contained, a Kitec and/or PlumBetter piping system and/or components, although it is now believed this product was not used extensively in Clark County beyond 2004.


IMPORTANT CASE UPDATES

Extension Of All Kitec Claim Deadlines - Limited Funds

On February 26, 2014, the Court extended all deadlines for owners of Clark County homes that contain Kitec plumbing systems to file claims requesting the available settlement relief. The Court extended the deadlines by three (3) years or until the limited funds are exhausted. The Court also opened up the settlement relief program to individuals who were previously barred either because they failed to act before the applicable deadline, their home was not included in the original Kitec fittings litigation, or they previously opted out of this class action.

During the week ending March 28, 2014, the claims administrator mailed this letter along with a claim form to over 6,250 potential class members.

This Notice will appear in the Nevada Section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday, March 30, 2014 and the following three Mondays: April 7, 14 and 21, 2014.

Additionally this letter will be mailed to over 150 licensed plumbing contractors operating in Clark County for information purposes.

Funds for this relief program are limited and claims will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Class members must ACT NOW or risk being permanently barred from receiving any relief related to the defective Kitec fittings installed in their homes.

Court Approves Additional Benefits & Extends Deadlines

On October 29, 2012, the claims administrator mailed this notice to thousands of class members to inform them that full replumbs at no cost are now available to them and their deadline to claim relief has been extended to January 29, 2013. The notice applies to Kitec homeowners in the following subclasses: (1) Woodside Homes Subclasses A-B, (2) Kimball Hill Homes Subclass A, (3) Champion Homes Subclasses A-C, (4) Vipor Homes Subclasses A-B, (5) the Santa Fe Homes Subclass, and (6) several other small groups of class homes. For more information, please contact the claims administrator by the methods described in the notice.

Court Approves Additional Benefits

On June 11, 2012, the Court ordered that unclaimed settlement funds from some subclasses be used to benefit other Kitec class members. The additional funds will benefit the homeowners who are required to pay for a portion of their replumbs. The Court's order means that these homeowners are now entitled to $915.70 per home in additional funds for their replumbs. Depending on individual circumstances, this increase may result in some homeowners receiving replumbs at no cost to them. The Court's order benefits homeowners in the following subclasses: (1) Woodside Homes Subclasses A-B, (2) Kimball Hill Homes Subclass A, (3) Champion Homes Subclasses A-C, (4) Vipor Homes Subclasses A-B, (5) the Santa Fe Homes Subclass, and (6) several other small groups of class homes. On July 1, 2012, the claims administrator sent out this letter to thousands of homeowners impacted by this increase in settlement benefits. For more information, please visit the Court-appointed claims administrator's website: www.TotalClassSolutions.com/Settlements.

Press Release: Court Extends Deadlines

On September 15, 2011, Class Counsel issued a press release indicating the Court extended the deadlines for thousands of homeowners to claim the relief available under this class action. Homeowners must act by no later than March 31, 2012. Click here to read the full press release. For a list of the neighborhoods impacted by this extension, click here. For more information on how to make a claim, please visit the Court-appointed claims administrator's website: www.TotalClassSolutions.com/Settlements.

On October 16, 2011, Class Counsel began running a Kitec advertisement in the Nevada section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal to notify homeowners of the Court-extended deadline of March 31, 2012. The advertisement will run in the same section of the Review-Journal again on October 23, 2011, October 30, 2011, and November 7, 2011. Click here to view a copy of the advertisement.

KITEC® Door Hanger

KITEC Door Hanger
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Some class residences recently had this KITEC® door hanger (see the image to the left) placed on the doors with information about how to receive the benefits of settlements reached in this class action. If you recently found one of these door hangers at your home, please click here for more information on how you should proceed.


IPEX $90 Million Released

After more than two years of waiting due to appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court, Class Counsel is pleased to announce that the $90 million in Ipex settlement funds was released for use by the class through a Court order dated March 14, 2011. The release of the Ipex settlement funds means that all class members will receive an opportunity to claim the settlement benefits achieved on their behalf in this class action. Each class member will be contacted via mail with specific information regarding the relief available to them and how to claim the relief. Click here for more detailed information regarding the release of the $90 million in Ipex settlement funds.

Settlement Update for Champion Homes Subclass B, Champion Homes Subclass C, Daybreak Gardens Subclass, Draeger Subclass, John Laing Homes Subclass, MBT Subclass, Paragon Homes Subclass, Rhodes Homes Subclass B, RPS Homes Subclass, Woodside Homes Subclass A, and Woodside Homes Subclass B

Settlement Update for Kimball Hill Homes Subclass A

Settlement Update for KB Homes Subclass C and Sharp Plumbing

Settlement Update for Vipor Homes Subclass B

Settlement Update for Rhodes Homes Subclass A

Settlement Update for Richmond American Subclass C

Settlement Update for Avante Homes, KB Home Subclass A, LBM Development, Nigro Homes, Pageantry Homes, Vipor Homes Subclass A, and Sharp Plumbing

Settlement Update for D.R. Horton, Desert Wind, H&H Development, KB Home Subclass B, Pulte Home, Wexford Homes, and Classic Plumbing

Settlement Update for American Premiere, Astoria Homes, Concordia Homes, Developers of Nevada, Signature Homes, Platis Construction, RL Homes, SBA Development, Westmark Homes, and William Lyon Homes

Richmond American Subclass B Settlement Update

Del Webb Settlement Update

Ipex Settlement Update

Settlement Update for Richmond American Subclass A

 

 


CONTACT CLASS COUNSEL:

KEMP, JONES & COULTHARD, LLP
Attn: J. Randall Jones, Esq.
William L. Coulthard, Esq.
3800 Howard Hughes Parkway
Seventeenth Floor
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

LYNCH, HOPPER, SALZANO & SMITH, LLP
Attn: Francis Lynch, Esq.
Charles Dee Hopper, Esq.
Sergio Salzano, Esq.
1640 Alta Drive, Suite 11
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106


For additional information on the Kitec class action, including whether you are a member of the class, please call Class Counsel at (702) 341-8585.