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