Our investigation leads us to believe that TracPipe is not the only CSST product putting properties at risk for lightning-related fires
Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
Morgan & Morgan has filed a putative class action lawsuit on behalf of Florida residents who own a house or other structure outfitted with a gas piping product alleged to put properties at risk for lightning-related fires.
According to the complaint, Omega Flex’s TracPipe, a type of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CCST) used to transport gas within commercial and residential properties, can fail catastrophically in the presence of lightning. Direct and indirect lightning strikes can energize the CSST, inducing an electrical current which will pass through the piping in search of a path to the ground, the complaint alleges. As it seeks to reach the ground, the energy may arc or “jump” to a pathway of lesser resistance, according to allegations posed in the complaint. This arc, even though it lasts for less than a second, can create a small puncture in the thin walls of the tubing, which can ignite the natural gas at the hole, according to the complaint.
“Our investigation leads us to believe that TracPipe is not the only CSST product putting properties at risk for lightning-related fires,” said Rachel Soffin, an attorney in the national consumer class action department of Morgan & Morgan. “Our investigation indicates that, due to their uniform design, all CSST products fail in the same manner when insulated by lightning. Our firm continues to investigate claims on behalf of people across the country whose property has been outfitted with CSST, regardless of manufacturer.”
CSST was developed in Japan in the early 1980s and was introduced in the United States in 1989 as an easier-to-install alternative to traditional black iron piping. To date, more than 5 million homes have been outfitted with CSST, according to the class action complaint.
Morgan & Morgan is currently providing a free case review to all property owners who suspect their home or other structure contains CSST. The firm is also offering to help homeowners receive a free inspection of their property by a CSST-certified inspector. For more information, please visit http://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/csst-lawsuits today.
In addition to Morgan & Morgan, the plaintiff in this case is represented by Gary E. Mason of Whitfield Bryson & Mason, LLP, Aaron Rihn of Robert Pierce & Associates and Charles J. LaDuca of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca.
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- Case No. 0:13-cv-61213, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida