PFRI was installed in thousands of high- occupancy and commercial buildings, including schools, office buildings, condominiums and apartment buildings, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, shopping plazas and malls.
Building owners are able to determine whether they have Beazer PFRI in their roofs by examining their roofing system warranties, their original roof specifications, or taking a small test cut of their roof.
In another lawsuit, however, Manville's insurer claimed that Manville had concealed its own PFRI liabilities.
Meanwhile, in Boston, the true victims of PFRI -- the building owners -- are trying to get their day in court.
of Gorham, Maine, and later joined by a the owners of a Fall River, Massachusetts shopping plaza, hundreds of millions of square feet of PFRI were sold and installed in thousands of buildings throughout the United States until it was withdrawn from the market in 1992, after the defendants received numerous reports of serious corrosion to steel roof decks and property damage caused by PFRI.
By concealing the adverse studies and claims data, defendants were able to convince roofing system manufacturers, building product specifiers, architects and contractors to use PFRI.
Ken Gilman, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, stated that the motion to certify the case as a class action was filed because "we believe that there are thousands of building owners who do not know that they have PFRI in their roofs.
Plaintiffs are requesting that Manville and Beazer be required to publish and mail a comprehensive notice regarding PFRI to all affected building owners and that they pay for independent inspections of all roofs installed with PFRI, the removal of all PFRI and the remediation of all roofing systems and roof decks damaged by PFRI.