A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit against Defendants Viking Group, Inc., The Viking Corporation, and Supply Network, Inc., d/b/a Viking Supplynet (collectively, “Viking” or “Defendants”), that alleged VK457 sprinklers sold between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2015 (the “Subject Sprinklers”)1 are defective and can activate in the absence of a fire. Viking denies these allegations and rejects the claim that there is anything wrong with these products, which at all times were certified by all appropriate industry standards, but has agreed to the Settlement described on this website.

The Settlement provides for a Replacement Remedy and an Activation Remedy. Under the Replacement Remedy, qualified Settlement Class Members who have or had Subject Sprinklers installed in their structure can have such sprinklers replaced at no cost or can receive a reimbursement for Subject Sprinklers they paid to replace. Under the Activation Remedy, a Settlement Class Member may qualify for monetary benefits under the Settlement for reasonably proven and unreimbursed reasonable costs incurred in connection with: (a) expenses paid to remediate water damage as a direct result of a non-fire activation, (b) expenses paid to repair or replace property damaged as a direct result of a non-fire activation, (c) the material and labor costs reasonably necessary to bring the structure and its contents back to the same finish and quality as existed before a non-fire activation, and (d) alternative lodging and meals for those displaced by a non-fire activation for a duration not to exceed the amount of time reasonably necessary to return the home to a condition for occupancy.

The proposed Settlement has been preliminarily approved by the Court. This website provides information about the Lawsuit, the Settlement, and your options as a Settlement Class Member. Please read this website carefully because it affects your legal rights. A federal court authorized this website.



Your Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement
Submit a Claim Form
Deadline: At least 18 months after the Effective Date
To receive a Replacement Remedy or an Activation Remedy, you must submit a Claim Form.
Request Exclusion/Opt-Out
Deadline: June 5, 2020
This option allows you to sue or continue to sue Viking regarding claims that the Subject Sprinklers are defective. If you opt out, you will not be bound by any of the terms of the Settlement, but you will also not be entitled to submit a Claim Form for benefits under the Settlement.
Object
Deadline: June 5, 2020
You are entitled to submit a written objection telling the Court what you do not like about the Settlement.
Attend The Final Approval Hearing Scheduled for July 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. You are entitled to attend the Final Approval Hearing at which time the Court will consider whether to grant final approval of the Settlement.
Do Nothing If you are a Settlement Class Member and do nothing, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement if it is approved by the Court, whether or not you submit a Claim Form, and you will be subject to the Release set forth in the Settlement.


1 The definition of any capitalized term not defined on this website can be found in the Settlement Agreement, which can be downloaded here.