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Favorable settlement reached in Viking VK457 Fire Sprinklers nationwide class action lawsuit
Kramon & Graham trial attorney James P. Ulwick and co-counsel Sauder Schelkopf represent plaintiffs in a nationwide class action product defects lawsuit against Viking Group, Inc., The Viking Corporation, and Supply Network, Inc., d/b/a Viking Supplynet. The suit alleges that the Viking VK457 sprinkler system, which is estimated to have been installed in tens of thousands of properties, had a defect that caused it to activate when no fire, smoke, or undue heat existed. Plaintiffs claimed that the malfunction can cause significant flood damage to homes and personal property. Kramon & Graham and Sauder Schelkopf settled the suit on favorable terms on behalf of the class, establishing a national replacement program at no cost to class members. The United States District Court for the District of Maryland granted preliminary approval to the proposed class action settlement on December 30, 2019. The settlement will be presented for final approval on June 18, 2020.
The case is Jackson, et al. v. Viking Group, Inc., et al., No. 8:18-cv-02356-PJM (D. Md.).