CSST Litigation

Discuss your subrogation matter with the most experienced CSST lawyers in the country.

For more than 100 years, black iron pipe has been the standard and trusted method across the country for delivering natural gas and liquid propane throughout both residential and commercial structures. In 1988, Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) was introduced in the United States as a cost-effective and safer alternative to the traditional black iron pipe. Although flexibility of this new tubing allows for far less time and skill to install, as its use increased, so did the questions about its safety. In short, CSST is so thin that it fails to provide protection from lightning strikes and creates a significant fire hazard, and the potential for loss of life in any structure where it is installed.

Fire claims caused by lightning and other electrically-induced damage to CSST have become increasingly widespread. This alternative tubing product is too thin to withstand the electrical energy dissipated by lightning strikes, as well as common household electrical current. In terms of approximate wall thickness, CSST is equivalent to four sheets of paper. With black iron piping, the wall thickness and durability allows it to absorb an incredible amount of electrical energy without failure. In fact, there has never been a reported failure of black iron pipe caused by lightning. In homes containing CSST, a direct or nearby lightning strike, and even transient household voltages, can send electrical energy surging across the home’s CSST system, puncturing the thin CSST and igniting a fire and/or causing an explosion. Even a single lightning strike several miles away can cause CSST to fail. For a homeowner or a business owner, CSST is an unproven product in terms of safety that poses an unreasonable risk or fire and/or explosion.

The biggest question for homeowners is how to figure out if CSST was the material used for gas piping in their home. CSST usually runs along floor joists, above basements, in attic spaces or to exposed appliances such as gas grills. Although, it can be difficult to locate in a ceiling or in a wall, a licensed electrician or home inspector should be consulted to determine if CSST is present.

Carpenter & Schumacher has been representing multiple national and regional insurance companies since 1995, and has handled cases for those same clients who have experienced insurance losses attributable to CSST failures since 2003. There is no other firm in the country that has collected more documents and information related to CSST than us. You benefit from our experience and by our ability to recover on your case, whether through trial or settlement. As your representative, you benefit from the dozens of cases Carpenter & Schumacher have successfully handed.

The question has been asked, what does the law firm of Carpenter & Schumacher offer that is different or better than other law firms?

  • Knowledge
    The lawyers at Carpenter & Schumacher overseeing CSST litigation have a combined 61 years of litigation experience, and more than 10 years of experience representing insurance companies and individual homeowners in litigation against CSST manufacturers.
  • Know-How
    The CSST lawyers at Carpenter & Schumacher know how to prosecute CSST cases; know how to identify whether a fire is actually caused due to a failure of the CSST gas delivery system; know how to process a fire scene involving CSST; know that it is important to maintain top-tier experts; and we know how to recover insurance payments made to insureds because the CSST in their home could not sufficiently dissipate the electrical charge produced by lightning or common household electricity.
  • Experience
    The attorneys at Carpenter & Schumacher have been litigating CSST claims against the manufacturers since 2003, earlier than any other firm in the entire country.


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