Products Distributor To Pay $16.5M To End Toilet-Part Row

Law360 (April 25, 2018, 1:33 PM EDT) -- An industrial products distributor agreed Tuesday to pay $16.5 million to end a proposed class action filed in Tennessee federal court alleging a faulty toilet part causes flooding that damages homes and other structures.

The settlement would end claims brought almost four years ago over an alleged defect with Interline Brands Inc.'s DuraPro Toilet Connectors, the proposed class said in its bid for preliminary approval of the agreement. The part connects the water supply to the toilet with a coupling nut that allegedly cracks and allows pressurized water to flow into houses "unabated," according to the homeowners.

"Although we do not agree...

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