Oct 24, 2008

Georgia County Sues Shell Oil Over Quality of Water Pipes

Coweta County files $25 million lawsuit charging breach of contract, negligence, product liability, fraud and violations of anti-racketeering law

Georgia’s Coweta County and its water authority have filed a lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. and others for $25 million, alleging water pipes serving thousands of customers in the county are faulty, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The pipes were sold in the 1980s and 1990s as Blu-Max pipe, and use polybutylene resin manufactured by Shell Oil Co.

The lawsuit was filed in state court in Fulton County and charges breach of contract, negligence, product liability, fraud and violations of the state’s anti-racketeering law.

The pipes were supposed to have a 50-year life span, but the water authority started documenting increased loss of water in 2005, the AP reported.

Shell Oil Co. had not received notice of the lawsuit, according to a company spokeswoman.

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