Tens of Thousands of Dollars Available for Eligible Homeowners
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 5 /CNW/ -- As Winter approaches,
there's good news for homeowners. Current or former property owners in the
Canada with radiant heating or snow melting systems that use a particular
rubber hose are eligible to receive a cash benefit from a $324 million
Settlement Fund. The hose, Entran II, is orange and stamped with the name
"Heatway" or "Heatway Systems." It is put in floors or driveways to carry warm
fluid that provides warmth and melts snow. The majority of the hose was sold
and/or installed between 1989-1995.
Documents obtained during the litigation have demonstrated that most
Entran II in Canada was sold in British Columbia and Alberta. Dozens of
homeowners have received substantial settlement cheques to date, but based on
sales data it would appear that there are numerous homeowners who have not
claimed the settlements, which they are potentially eligible for.
The $324 million Settlement Fund is the result of the Settlement of a
class action approved in 2004 by United States and Ontario courts. Eligible
property owners may receive a payment of tens of thousands of dollars, but
need to file a claim no later than November 17, 2009 in order to receive a
The Entran II lawsuit alleges that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and
Goodyear Canada Inc. ("the Defendants") manufactured a defective product and
that Entran II hose is prone to leaking when used under normal conditions.
However, the Defendant denies all allegations and maintains that it produced
Entran II according to agreed to specifications and that the problems are with
improperly designed, installed and maintained heating systems - not the hose.
The Defendant decided to settle the case in order to avoid the cost and
inconvenience of a trial.
"Eligible property owners have until November 17, 2009 to file a claim
for payment from the $324 million Settlement Fund. This is a great deal for
eligible property owners; the first average payment is in the tens of
thousands of dollars," said Charles Wright of Siskinds LLP, Counsel for the
Plaintiffs in this case.
An interactive Web site, www.entraniisettlement.com, includes the
complete notice form, claim form, and other Court documents. There is also a
"Frequently Asked Questions" section, as well as information, pictures, and a
video clip to assist property owners in identifying Entran II hose. Property
owners can also call 1-800-254-9222 for more information and to find out if
they are eligible.
For further information:
For further information: Kristen Stallings of Entran II Claims
Administrator, +1-202-686-4111 Web Site: http://www.entraniisettlement.com/