Chinese Toilet-Part Maker Escapes Insurers' Defect Suit

Law360, New York (February 6, 2014, 2:17 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Wednesday set a Chinese manufacturer free from a suit brought by two homeowners insurance carriers blaming its DuraPro brand toilet water supply lines for property damage, saying the court lacked jurisdiction since middlemen alone were responsible for U.S. export and distribution.

U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle determined her court had no authority to entertain claims against China-based Watts Plumbing Technologies (Taizhou) Co. Ltd. surrounding water line malfunctions that allegedly damaged 13 homes insured by Allstate Insurance Co. and Fire Insurance...
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