If you are handling or investigating any water losses due to the failure of certain Viking brand VK457 sprinkler heads, you may be able to benefit from a class action settlement.
As you may be aware, a class action suit, entitled Jackson, et al. v. Viking Group, Inc., et al., No. 8:18-cv-02356-PJM (D. Md.), was brought in 2018 against Viking Group, Inc., The Viking Corporation, and Supply Network, Inc., d/b/a Viking Supplynet (collectively “Viking”), alleging that its VK457 sprinkler heads activated without fire conditions or other event due to defects in the product. A settlement has been reached that affects anyone that owned or leased a structure with a VK457 sprinkler head sold between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2015. Subrogating property insurers are also members of the class if their insured experienced, or experiences, property damage caused by the failure of a VK457 sprinkler head on or after June 6, 2020. You are not included in the class action settlement if (1) the property damage occurred before June 6, 2020, (2) the failed sprinkler was sold before January 1, 2013 or after March 31, 2015, (3) you previously initiated legal proceedings for claims arising out of the alleged defective sprinkler head or timely opted out of the class action benefits before June 5, 2020.
If a timely claim is submitted to the class action administrator (within 180 days from the date of loss), all eligible claimants should receive approximately 70% of the proven property damage.
In order to receive any class benefits, you are required to exercise your rights no later than August 28, 2022. This deadline is quickly approaching, so please contact any of Cozen O’Connor’s subrogation and recovery attorneys if you have any questions or require assistance in protecting your subrogated interest.