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Polybutylene Plumbing Class Action

Michael A. Caddell served as lead counsel in the Polybutylene (PB) plumbing class action. Settled in 1995, this case resulted in over 320,000 homes being completely re-plumbed, repaired, and inspected at no cost to the homeowner.

Polybutylene pipe was developed in the 1970s as a low-cost alternative to metal pipe. Made from a petrochemical refining byproduct, the plastic pipes were marketed as resistant to wear and tear, unaffected by corrosion, and easy to maintain and …

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Could PG&E be at fault for starting the wildfires that have devastated Sonoma Country?

PG&E Wine Country Wildfires Lawsuits

The wildfires that burned across the California Wine Country in October 2017 have become one of the worst disasters in California history. 44 people are dead; more than 150,000 acres have been burned; and more than 14,700 homes, 728 businesses, and 3,600 vehicles were damaged or destroyed. Over half a dozen fires burned in eight counties—including the Atlas and Nuns fires in Napa County, the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County, the Redwood fire in Mendocino …

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Caddell & Chapman wins jury verdict, judgment for business client

Firm attorneys Mike Caddell, Cynthia Chapman, and Ben Wickert recently tried a case to a jury in the 430th District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas, as lead counsel on behalf of firm client Valley Builders Supply, Inc. The jury rendered a verdict of $93,528 in pecuniary damages, $1.8 million in reputation damages, and $10 million in exemplary damages as a result of defamatory statements made by defendant Innovative Block of South Texas, Ltd.  The verdict …

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