Maryland Homeowner Files Class Action Seeking Removal of Allegedly Dangerous Gas Tubing

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Just days after Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann announced the start of a new safety awareness program for yellow corrugated stainless steel tubing, also known as CSST, the Washington, DC based law firm of Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP filed a class action on behalf of a Maryland homeowner against the manufacturer of the CSST found in their structure. The Complaint seeks removal of the tubing.

Greenbelt, MD (June 4, 2013) - Just days after Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann announced the start of a new safety awareness program for yellow corrugated stainless steel tubing, also known as CSST, the Washington, DC based law firm of Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP filed a class action on behalf of a Maryland homeowner against the manufacturer of the CSST found in their structure. The Complaint seeks removal of the tubing.

CSST is a yellow metal tubing that is used to supply natural gas or propane to appliances. It has been in widespread use since the late 1990's. Citing an April 2011 report done by The Fire Protection Research Foundation, "Validation of Installation Methods for CSST Gas Piping to Mitigate Lightning Related Damage," the Complaint alleges that this type of tubing creates a risk of fire from an electrical arc when lightning strikes the tubing. The report can be accessed at http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/Research/CSST%20Gas%20Piping%20Ph.1%20Final%20Report.pdf.

Chris Swonger, a representative of Gastite, estimates that up to 8 million homes in the country are at risk.

The lawsuit alleges that thousands of homes throughout the state have CSST which has not been properly bonded and is at risk of puncture and ignition due to lightning strikes. The Complaint alleges that experts do not agree that bonding will completely eliminate the risk of arcing and one of the ways to completely eliminate the risk is to replace the CSST with iron pipe.

Iron pipe has been used to supply natural gas and propane to homes for decades without incident.

In addition to Mason and his firm, Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP, the homeowners are represented by, Aaron Rihn, Robert Pierce & Associates, Joseph Bellissimo, Bellissimo & Pierce, Charles J. LaDuca, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, and Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group.

The case is Randall Hasley v. Ward Manufacturing, Inc., Case No. 8:13-cv-01607 (D. Md.).

For more information, please visit http://www.csstinfo.com or contact Gary E. Mason at (202) 640-1160 or by email at gmason(at)wbmllp(dot)com.

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