What is the KITEC®
Fitting class action?
class action involves homeowners in Clark County who have
Kitec® fittings in their homes. Class Cunsel's goal
is to enable these homeowners to repair their homes with
no out-of-pocket expenses. You do not need to do anything
to be a member of the class action.
this class action involve claims for personal injury?
class action lawsuit does not involve
claims for personal injury. If you have any reason to
believe that you have suffered any adverse health effects
because of Kitec® Fittings, you should contact a health
problems are associated with Kitec® fittings?
Kitec® plumbing system is for residential use and
has been widely used throughout Clark County. The Kitec®
plumbing system consists of plastic-coated aluminum pipes
and brass fittings. The brass fittings used to connect
Kitec® pipe are the subject of this lawsuit. This
lawsuit alleges that Kitec® brass fittings are defective
because they dezincify. Dezincification is a process whereby
zinc leaches from brass, which is an alloy of copper and
zinc, thereby creating a white powdery buildup on the
inside of the fitting and a weakening of the brass fitting.
Dezincification can lead to, among other things, restricted
water flow and an increased likelihood of the brass fitting
leaking or breaking.
do I find out whether I have Kitec® in my home?
home plumbed with a Kitec® plumbing system may
have a yellow or neon sticker on the inside panel of its
electrical box. However, before you check, please be sure
that you have experience with the location and safe use
of your home's electrical panel box. The purpose of these
stickers is to alert electricians regarding proper electrical
grounding procedures for nonmetallic plumbing. Often,
homes with Kitec® plumbing will have stickers tha
say "Kitec" or "Plumbetter." Thus,
if you find such as sticker in your electrical panel box,
it is likely that your home contains Kitec®
please be aware that stickers were sometimes used indiscriminately
to warn of nonmetallic plumbing systems othere than Kitec®.
It is therefore possible that your home does not contain
Kitec® plumbing even if you find a yellow sticker
in the electrical panel box. Similarly, many homes that
contain Kitec® plumbing do not have stickers
in their electrical panel boxes. Thus, if your electrical
panel box does not reveal a sticker indicating that Kitec®
was installed in your home, you may need to have your
home inspected to determine whether it was plumbed with
a member of the class, am I responsible for attorney's
fees and costs?
a class action, attorney's fees and costs must be approved
as fair and reasonable by the Court, subject to both notice
and comment to all class members. Therefore, Class Counsel
will not receive their attorney's fees or their costs
in this litigation unless a Court first approves them
as fair and reasonable.
Counsel are also pursuing claims under Chapter 40 of the
Nevada Revised Statutes against certain builders of homes
with Kitec® Fittings. Chapter 40 is Nevada's law regarding
construction defects. Under Chapter 40, attorney's fees
for construction defects do not come out of the repair
money paid to the homeowners by builders. Therefore, if
Class Counsel are successful in obtaining repairs for
class members through Chapter 40, their attoney's fees
will be paid directly by the builder that carries out
my home has Kitec® fittings, what are my repair options?
is believed that the only adequate repair method is a
complete re-plumb of both the hot and cold water lines
of your home. Generally, a full re-plumb takes approximately
five (5) days for most homes to be completed and does
not require relocation.
you decide to re-plumb your home at your own expense prior
to the final resolution of this lawsuit, you may consider
using one of the following plumbing companies approved
by the Court for a prior settlement involving a number
of Richmond American homeowners. Class Counsel does not
recommend or guarantee the work of these plumbing companies
and you are welcome to consider other plumbing companies
for the re-plumb repair. The two plumbing companies approved by the Court and their respective telephone numbers are as follows: (1) Rakeman - (702) 642-8553 and (2) AMA - (702) 201-1949.
do I do if I have a leak?
it as you would any other leak, including taking steps
to minimize any damage and contacting your homeowner's
insurance carrier. If a leak occurs, immediately notify
your plumber to stop the leak and to minimize any damage
to your home. If a repair is required, keep all receipts
and documentation of the repair. Please make sure to keep
any Kitec® fittings or pipe that must be removed to
carry out the repair. Thereafter, please notify Class
Counsel so that we can also keep a record of your leak