Awash in plastic: It’s all around us– and its impact on human health is insidious

Aside from the devastating impact on the planet’s health, plastic’s impact on human health has been insidious. Decade after decade we have watched as prostate and breast cancer rates have risen, fertility rates in men have dropped, young girls have entered into early puberty, young boys have become increasingly hyperactive, and children have become fatter. All of these conditions result from multiple factors, but the effects of plastic cannot be discounted.

Posted by Salon on March 23, 2016


 

Safety warning about residential fire sprinklers made with CPVC

Gonzalez said plastic pipes commonly used in residential fire sprinklers can break or leak and reduce water pressure in a fire emergency.

He filed a class action lawsuit against several manufacturers of CPVC pipe used in fire sprinkler systems.

Gonzalez said the problem is the resin in the plastic pipe breaks down and fails when it comes into contact with common building products like bonding agents and anti-corrosive materials in metal pipes that lead into the CPVC system.


Businesses botching $21M EC water line being sued

When being built, both firms touted the new water line as a 100-year, low-maintenance system. Though it’s been anything but that, Betton’s attorneys contend.“The water lines have experienced a number of alarming failures,” Betton’s attorneys argue. “As of the filing date of this complaint (Feb. 1, 2016), there have been approximately 40 documented water line breaks.”

Posted by Sandusky Register on February 2, 2016


 

Suit alleges material failure with condominium sprinklers 

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami says fire suppression sprinkler systems made with “incompatible” plastic and metal pipes are failing in condominiums across the country and an alleged national cover up by some of the manufacturers, suppliers and distributors has endangered lives and property.

“The defect in the CPVC pipe is in the resin used to create the CPVC pipe,” the lawsuit says. “The resin breaks down when exposed to common construction materials like anti-corrosives, anti-microbials, pesticides, termaticides, joint compound, adhesives, fire retardants and other common construction products. Additionally, when the CPVC pipe is used in conjunction with metallic pipe manufactured by defendant (Allied), the anti-microbial and anti-corrosion used in Allied’s metal piping reacts with the CPVC breaking down CPVC pipe’s resin causing the CPVC pipes to fail.”

Posted by Plastic News on December 15, 2015


Whistleblower in PVC pipe case stands to get $6.3 million

A proposal to split the $22.5 million court settlement paid more than two years ago by resin supplier Formosa Plastics Corp. USA (FPC-USA) gives the whistleblower in a federal case $6.29 million and dozens of states, cities and water districts a share of the balance — if it gets court approval.

The whistleblower, John Hendrix of New Jersey, accused FPC-USA and PVC pipe maker J-M Manufacturing Co. of misrepresenting the quality of pipes produced from 1996-2006. Hendrix is a former J-M engineer who alleged that the government entities got the luck of the draw with pipes purchased after J-M switched to a cheaper PVC compound and sped up extrusion lines.


Press & Sun Bulletin: Plaintiffs want immediate halt to work at National Pipe

A group of West Endicott residents who are suing National Pipe & Plastics will ask a judge to immediately halt manufacturing operations at the Mills Avenue plant when the case appears in court later this month, according to documents filed last week by the plaintiffs’ attorney.


Press & Sun-Bulletin: Law firm taking affidavits in case against National Pipe

The law office representing dozens of Endicott residents in a lawsuit against National Pipe & Plastic said Notary Publics will be on hand at George F. Johnson Memorial Library on Wednesday to take residents’ affidavits.


Plastics News: Public utilities appeal latest decision in JM Eagle case

The law firm representing public utilities in a False Claims Act lawsuit against J-M Manufacturing Co. — now called JM Eagle — plans to appeal a trial court ruling that the verdict against the world’s largest PVC pipe maker only applies to the five government entities held up as exemplary plaintiffs.


Reno Gazette-Journal: No ruling on damages yet in pipe manufacturing suit

Nearly a year after a ruling in U.S. District Court found a manufacturer sold defective water and sewer pipes to several municipalities in Nevada, the state is still waiting for a ruling on damages.


Plastics News: Judge might retry issues in JM Eagle whistle blower lawsuit

The hotly contested whistle blower lawsuit over the quality of some of JM Eagle’s PVC pipe may still be a long way from being decided, with the judge now saying that he may retry some issues.


Plastics News: Court dismisses JM Eagle’s lawsuit against whistle blower

A New Jersey Superior Court judge has dismissed a case in which pipe maker JM Eagle alleged a whistle blower and the law firm representing him illegally obtained documents relating to the fraud case they brought against JM Eagle.


Plastics News: Formosa defends $22.5M settlement in PVC pipe case

Attorneys for Formosa Plastics Co. USA (FPC-USA) say PVC pipe maker JM Eagle has no legal standing to object to the proposed $22.5 million settlement Formosa reached with 45 government entities in a whistle-blower lawsuit.


Trenchless Technology: Jury Finds Pipe Maker JM Eagle Liable in Fraud Suit

A federal jury unanimously agreed Nov. 14 that JM Eagle, which claims to be the largest pipe manufacturer in the world, knowingly manufactured and sold to government entities substandard plastic pipe that was used in water and sewer systems in various states around the country – opening JM Eagle up to potentially billions of dollars in damages.


Engineering News-Record: Jury Finds Pipemaker JM Eagle Liable in False Claims Suit

A federal jury in California on Nov. 14 found pipe manufacturer JM Eagle liable for making false claims about PVC water pipe it sold to states and municipalities over the course of nearly a decade. JM Eagle pipes are used extensively in drinking water, irrigation and other public systems. The jury’s verdict opens the company to potentially billions of dollars in damages, with an exact amount to be determined in a separate trial.


Claims Journal: Nevada Attorney General Hails Verdict in Defective PVC Pipe Case

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is hailing a jury verdict that found a company knowingly made defective water and sewer pipes sold to Nevada and other municipalities and water districts in the state.


Plastics News: JM Eagle potentially liable for billions in damages

JM Eagle faces billions of dollars in damages following a federal jury’s decision that North America’s largest manufacturer of PVC pipe knowingly sold substandard product to government entities for water and sewer systems from 1996-2006.


Reno Gazette-Journal: Many miles of disputed pipe in region

It’s unclear exactly how much potentially flawed plastic water and sewer pipes that are the subject of a whistle-blower lawsuit are buried underground in Reno-Sparks and other Northern Nevada communities but the amount is significant, officials said the day after a federal jury decided against the pipe manufacturer.


Nevada Appeal: Nevada AG hails verdict in defective PVC pipe case

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is hailing a jury verdict that found a company knowingly made defective water and sewer pipes sold to dozens of municipalities and water districts across several states.


Ventura County Star: Calleguas water district, Oxnard, Ventura on prevailing side of faulty pipe lawsuit

On six occasions from 1995 to 2009, a stretch of pipe Calleguas Municipal Water District had purchased from JM Eagle had major breaks under Kanan Road in Oak Park.


Contractor Magazine: Formosa Plastics Agrees to pay $22.5 million to settle faulty pipe suit

A federal jury unanimously agreed in mid-November that JM Eagle, which claims to be the largest pipe manufacturer in the world, knowingly manufactured and sold to government entities substandard plastic pipe that was used in water and sewer systems in various states around the country — opening JM Eagle up to potentially billions of dollars in damages.


Law360: JM Found Liable For Shoddy Pipes In FCA Suit

A California federal jury on Thursday determined that pipe maker J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc. knowingly made and sold substandard plastic pipe that was later used to build water and sewer systems in several states, making it liable to pay damages in a whistleblower False Claims Act suit.


Corporate Crime Reporter: JM Eagle Found Liable in False Claims Case

A federal jury in Los Angeles unanimously found that JM Eagle, which claims to be the largest pipe manufacturer in the world, knowingly manufactured and sold to government entities substandard plastic pipe that was used in water and sewer systems in various states around the country.