The deadline for claims against Beazer East Inc. (formerly known
as Koppers Co. Inc.) arising from the use of phenolic foam roof
insulation is Dec. 13. All building owners and lessees of buildings
where Koppers' phenolic foam roof insulation was installed on a
metal deck between 1980-89 have until the Dec. 13 bar date to
submit a claim.
Claims submitted by Dec. 13 will be processed and paid in
accordance with the December 2000 settlement of a class-action
lawsuit brought against Beazer East and Johns Manville Corp.,
Denver. The deadline to participate in the Johns Manville
settlement was Dec. 13, 2001, but the deadline to submit claims
against Beazer East was extended for an additional year.
A class-action suit was filed against Beazer East and Johns
Manville in federal district court in Massachusetts in 1996 to
recover damages on behalf of building owners who had phenolic foam
roof insulation installed on metal roof decks. Phenolic foam roof
insulation can lead to corrosion of steel roof decks because of
formic and sulfuric acids released upon contact with moisture. The
settlement provides for compensation for a field inspection, repair
or replacement of a metal deck as needed and a pro-rated portion of
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