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  This class action concerns brass plumbing fittings (Kitec® Fittings) that have been used within homes in Clark County, Nevada. Kitec® Fittings are used to connect composite pipe manufactured by IPEX, Inc., a Canadian company.

IPEX's composite pipe, which is known as Kitec®, consists of flexible aluminum pipe sandwiched between an inner and outer layer of plastic pipe (PEX Pipe®). Kitec® generally comes in two colors: blue (for cold water use) and orange (for hot water use). Kitec® Fittings were used extensively in the construction of residential homes throughout Clark County, Nevada. It is estimated that between thirty-five and fifty thousand (35,000-50,000) homes may contain Kitec® fittings within Clark County, Nevada, which Class Counsel are working diligently to identify.

This lawsuit was filed on February 15, 2006, was certified as a class action on October 16, 2006, and is currently captioned "IN RE KITEC FITTING LITIGATION." The case number assigned to it is A493302. This class action alleges that Kitec® Fittings fail when they are exposed to water because of a chemical reaction known as dezincification, which results in reduced water flow and leaks. Dezincified Kitec® Fittings therefore cause damage not only when they burst and leak, but also impair the ability of a home's plumbing system to effectively provide water to appliances and fixtures.

* The case was consolidated with the case of CLASSIC PLUMBING, INC v. IPEX, INC, IPEX USA, LLC, FERGUSON ENTERPRISES, INC., STANDARD WHOLESALE SUPPLY COMPANY, TODD PIPE & SUPPLY - LAS VEGAS, INC., DOES I though X; and ROE CORPORATIONS I though X, inclusive, Case No. A493302.

The pictures below are cross-sections of corroded Kitec Fittings.