Steel Tubing Maker Triumphs Over Fire Risk Class Action

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 4:00 PM EST) -- Corrugated stainless steel tubing maker Titeflex Corp. on Tuesday defeated a putative class action alleging its Gastite system puts homes at risk of fire when a Massachusetts federal judge said the plaintiff faced only a speculative danger of property damage or bodily harm.

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor axed the negligence and strict liability lawsuit from plaintiff Tim Kerin, finding that he lacked standing to assert that Gastite can fail catastrophically and cause natural-gas-fueled fires in the event of a lightning strike because the Gastite in his home had never malfunctioned.

In so ruling, the judge relied on jurisprudence from...

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