An $18 million settlement is being finalized over Flushmate exploding toilets, manufactured by Sloan Valve Company. The initial lawsuit, originally filed in 2012, alleged that the Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System manufactured by Sloan can unexpectedly explode, causing injury and property damage.
Allegedly, the Flushmate system incorporates a pressurized tank comprised of two plastic halves welded together; this is within a traditional porcelain toilet fixture. When the toilet is flushed, water is forced into the toilet bowl. On some occasions, the pressurized air in the tank causes the halves to separate, resulting in leaks and bursts. This can lead to personal injury, such as lacerations, and damage the surrounding area.
The plaintiffs accused Sloan of failing to disclose important information about these safety risks. Additionally, it was alleged that the Flushmate was touted as a more efficient and effective toilet system. The class action alleged that the consumers would never have purchased the Flushmate systems if they were aware of the risks.
The plaintiffs in the settlement owned a Flushmate installed between October 17, 1997 and June 30, 2009. Those eligible for compensation had a toilet that exploded, and installed a repair kit, a replacement toilet and/or endured property damage as a result.
National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP is among the Court-Appointed Class Counsel in this litigation that also includes Birka-White Law Offices; Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP; Audet & Partners, LLP; Levin Fishbein, Sedran & Berman, LLP; Wexler Wallace, LLP; Holland Groves Schneller & Stolze LLC; and Geragos & Geragos, P.C. The case (Case No. CV12-06878 SJO [SHx]) is in the United States District Court, Central District Of California, Western Division.