Cases & Deals

Lennar defeats certification in consolidated class action involving allegedly defective "yellow brass" plumbing fittings

Client(s) Lennar Corporation

Jones Day represented two subsidiaries of the homebuilder Lennar Corporation in connection with a consolidated class action regarding high-zinc-content brass plumbing fittings (often called "yellow brass" fittings) that were alleged to corrode through a chemical reaction called dezincification when exposed to water, ultimately causing the fittings to occlude or leak. After a lengthy and contentious pre-certification discovery period, and following the recusal of the entire judicial bench of the District of Nevada, certification was denied altogether as to the Lennar entities.

Hartmann, et al. v. Uponor, Inc., et al., Case No. 08-cv-1223 (D. Nev.)