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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I identify Polybutylene Plumbing and Heating Systems?

Polybutylene plumbing and heating systems include polybutylene plastic pipe connected with acetal plastic insert fittings. Polybutylene plastic pipe is usually gray and occasionally black. The acetal plastic insert fittings are usually gray and occasionally white. The fittings are usually held in place with a metal crimp ring on the outside of the pipe. Some photographs of polybutylene plumbing and heating systems are below.

Q. How do I know if I am a member of the class?

A. You are a member of the settlement class if you are a person or entity:

(1) who owns or who previously owned any improvements to real property or structures in any of the Canadian provinces or territories in which there is or was during the time of such ownership, a polybutylene plumbing system with acetal insert fittings, and/or
(2) who owns or who previously owned any improvements to real property or structures in any of the Canadian provinces or territories in which there is or was during the time of such ownership, a polybutylene heating system with acetal insert fittings,

subject to certain exclusions in the DuPont USA Settlement Agreement. The class does not include persons or entities who submit a timely request to opt out from the class, in accordance with the directions below.

If you are a class member, your rights against DuPont USA will be affected by the settlement. Your rights against the other defendants in the litigation, Shell Oil Company (“Shell”) and Hoechst Celanese (“Celanese”), may also be affected.

Q. Who do I address with questions about the Settlement?

A. General questions about the claims process can be addressed by the claims administrator at their toll free helpline at 1-866-599-4599, or by writing to them at:

Canadian Polybutylene Claims Facility
Lock Box 200
150 Commerce Valley Drive West
Markham, Ontario
L3T 7Z3
Canada

Questions about the Settlment may be addressed to Class Counsel at the addresses given in the question below.

Q. Who are Class Counsel?

A. The Class Counsel are:

British Columbia
James Poyner
Poyner, Baxter
408 - 145 Chadwick Court
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K1
Tel.: (604) 988-6321
Fax: (604) 988-3632
poyner.baxter@telus.net

Quebec
Claude Desmeules
Siskinds, Desmeules, Avocats
43, rue Buade, bureau 320
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4A2
Tel.: (418) 694-2009
Fax: (418) 694-0281
claude.desmeules@siskindsdesmeules.com

Ontario and all other Provinces and Territories
(except British Columbia and Quebec)
Vicky Theodos
Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey & Dowler
680 Waterloo Street
London, Ontario N6A 3V8
Tel: (519) 672-2121
Fax: (519) 672-3093
elizabeth.deboer@siskinds.com

Q. What is the Claims Facility Privacy Policy?

A. You can view the Claims Facility Privacy Policy by clicking here.