Written by: Miami Construction Lawyer | Alex Barthet
It was only a matter of time. A second suit has been filed alleging extensive damage as a direct result of a faulty fire sprinkler system – a system which combined CPVC pipe with steel pipe.
Aquazul, a 96 unit condo in Lauderdale-by-The-Sea has sued the developer, the general contractor and a long list of subcontractors. Represented by the same attorney steering the class action on behalf of the Wind and the Latitude on the River Condominium Associations, this newest suit has named Related, Pavarini Construction, and some names you’ll recognize from the class action litigation: Allied Tube & Conduit, Tyco International, Tyco Fire Products, Lubrizol, Viking, Victaulic Company, Georg Fischel Harvel, Spears Manufacturing, Atkore International, Noveon, HD Supply Waterworks, Nibco and Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products. The accusations are similar – CPVC was connected to steel pipes resulting in an eventual failure.
Plaintiff’s lawyers are arguing that these issues have been well known to manufacturers of CPVC pipe who have continued to sell the product. While these allegations have yet to be proven in any of the pending litigation, the alarm bells should be sounding for developers, general contractors and fire sprinkler installation contractors as it is now obvious the claims are increasing.