Practice Area: Defective Products
Case Status: Under Investigation
Commercial property managers and engineers in high-rise buildings may have defective plumbing valves installed on the property.
About the Victaulic 608 butterfly valve investigation
Berger Montague attorneys are investigating Victaulic’s 608 butterfly valve, a recently discontinued product that was advertised to provide a “bubble-tight shut off” and “dead-end service” to “full working pressure” when the valve is placed in the closed position. The now discontinued valve contains an internal ductile disk coated with Victaulic’s proprietary ethylene propylene diene monomer (“EPDM”), a synthetic rubber product. Berger Montague is investigating complaints that Victaulic’s EPDM-coated disk is susceptible to deterioration and degradation when exposed to chloramine, a water disinfectant commonly used as an alternative to chlorine by water utility districts throughout the United States.
Most common complaints about the Victaulic 608 butterfly valve
The most common complaints with these valves is that when exposed to chloramine, they fail to shut off the water supply as intended, and that when the EPDM deteriorates, it releases black particulate matter into the potable water system in which it was installed.
How can I determine if Victaulic 608 butterfly valves were installed on my property?
They are typically exposed and are easily identified as Victaulic by their orange handles with “Victaulic” in black. They are also date stamped.
Where would the 608 butterfly valves have been installed?
You will typically see them in water entry rooms, mechanical rooms and on distribution floors.
When did Victaulic discontinue the 608 butterfly valve?
Victaulic’s product literature shows the 608 valve with EPDM available in 2012 and specifically lists it as discontinued in 2013 literature.
Is there a cost to join the lawsuit?
Berger Montague’s consumer class action cases are typically litigated on a contingent fee basis, so plaintiffs and the class do not pay attorneys’ fees or court costs unless there is a recovery.