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Class Settlement - Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner With Bleach

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If you have ever used those Clorox drop in tablets in your tank thinking they would help keep the bowl clean and not harm your plumbing AND you purchased, used or suffered property damage from December 13, 2002 to September 15, 2010 AND you don't work for Clorox or are family members of the attorneys or judge, then this may be for you . . . .

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Overview of The Proposed Settlement

Hartless v. Clorox Company, Case No. 06-CV-2705 CAB

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach (CATBC) and Clorox
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Last Edited by jlmooman3 December 6, 2010 at 05:23 PM
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What is this lawsuit about?

Each package of Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach ("CATBC" or "Drop-In Tablets") states that the toilet cleaner "does not harm plumbing." Plaintiff claims that this statement is deceptive. Plaintiff claims that the chemicals in the Drop-In Tablets corrode the toilet tank parts, in particular, causing the rubber and plastic parts to deteriorate until the flush mechanism fails or no longer seals properly. Plaintiff also claims that Clorox - based on its own tests - knew or should have known that the Drop-In Tablets would deteriorate the toilet tank parts, and yet sold the product by telling its customers that CATBC would not harm their plumbing.

Clorox denies all claims of wrongdoing and contends that CATBC is safe for plumbing when used as directed.



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I'm not surprised there is a suit against these... my toilet was fine. after ONE round with these damn tabs it has never flushed the same- and I thought it was all in my head.
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I'm not surprised there is a suit against these... my toilet was fine. after ONE round with these damn tabs it has never flushed the same- and I thought it was all in my head.
Happened to me .
It was a lesson learned Used them 2packs in 2 toilets.
Shortly after Needed to replace gasket/flapper. ON BOTH TOILETS.
The toilets were about 10-12 years old at the time.
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I'm pulled up the form for claims over $30.00 and it doesn't state that you have to supply the receipt for the Clorox Bleach Tabs (I no longer have the receipt it was a while back that this happened). It basically state's that for claims over $175.00 you have to supply a statement from your plumber or repair man stating it was a result of the tabs and someone will review it and make a determination. I had to replace 2 toilets due to these things but didn't realize I had any recourse from it. Thanks OP!
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Thanks jdrodgers1013 OMG
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Overview Of the Proposed Settlement

Hartless v. Clorox Company, Case No. 06-CV-2705 CAB

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach (CATBC) and Clorox’s claim that CATBC does not harm plumbing. Each package of Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach ("CATBC" or "Drop-In Tablets") states that the toilet cleaner "does not harm plumbing." Plaintiff claims that this statement is deceptive. Plaintiff claims that the chemicals in the Drop-In Tablets corrode the toilet tank parts, in particular, causing the rubber and plastic parts to deteriorate until the flush mechanism fails or no longer seals properly. Plaintiff also claims that Clorox - based on its own tests - knew or should have known that the Drop-In Tablets would deteriorate the toilet tank parts, and yet sold the product by telling its customers that CATBC would not harm their plumbing. Clorox denies all wrongdoing and contends that CATBC is safe for plumbing when used as directed. The Parties have agreed to settle the lawsuits on the terms explained herein.

You are a member of the Class if you purchased, used or suffered any property damage from use of CATBC from December 13, 2002 to September 15, 2010. The following persons are excluded from the settlement class: (a) all federal court judges who have presided over this Action and their immediate family; (b) all persons who have submitted a valid request for exclusion from the Class; (c) Defendant’s employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives and their family members; and (d) those who purchased CATBC for the purpose of re-sale.
Settlement Benefits

Clorox will create a fund of up to $8 million to pay Class Members’ claims and certain administrative costs. You may obtain a cash payment from the fund if you purchased, used or have suffered property damage from the use of CATBC.

The amount of your payment will depend on the statements in your Claim Form and the support you may provide. Details are provided below:
What Are My Options?

* To ask for a cash payment and stay in the Class, you must send in Claim Form 1 (if you claim $30 or less) or Claim Form 2 (if you claim over $30) by January 28, 2011.
* If you do not wish to participate in the settlement, you may exclude yourself from the Class by December 6, 2010.
* You also may stay in the Class and object to the settlement by December 6, 2010.

For more details on your options, please consult the Notice or Frequently Asked Questions on this website.
Final Approval Hearing

On or about November 22, 2010, Class Counsel will submit their Motion for Final Approval and Request for Attorneys’ Fees, which will be available on this website or by calling 1-888-262-1556. The Judge will hold a Final Approval Hearing at 1:30 p.m. on December 29, 2010 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 880 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101-8900, in Courtroom E. At this hearing, the Judge will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. If there are objections, the Judge will consider them. The Judge will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. After the hearing, the Judge will decide whether to approve the settlement. We do not know how long this decision will take.

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You can opt for a straight 30.00 back w/o proof of receipts

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You can opt for 175.00 max for damages to your toilet.
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Thanks OP. I definitely used these and wondered how they could be safe for my terlit Smilie
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30 - 175 dollards does sound good but I'd prefer to receive money.
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I *did* stop using those products as the plumber in my building said it was bad and would cause me more trouble in the end. Didn't know what he was talking about but I listened.
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Yeah I had the rubber seal between the tank and the bowl disintegrate from this stuff. I started to see black chunks of plastic when I flushed...

No bueno!
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30 - 175 dollards does sound good but I'd prefer to receive money.
Who the hell reversed the "S" and "D" on my keyboard...hahaha...


Fixed!
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Thanks OP. I definitely used these and wondered how they could be safe for my terlit Smilie
I thought my family was the only one who said 'terlit'!!! I used these too. They definitely killed a couple flappers in my 'terlit', but I also wonder what they did to the bacterial action in my septic Frown

Thanks OP
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Yeah I had the rubber seal between the tank and the bowl disintegrate from this stuff. I started to see black chunks of plastic when I flushed...

No bueno!
I am glad I stumbled across this (I usually do not 'qualify' for these class-action things, and I may not be eligible here, either).
I have used these tablets, and I had them in my toilets until recently. I neglected to replace them more out of laziness than concern about the toilet parts being damaged.

I noticed that one of my toilets will run CONSTANTLY and it seems to be caused by a very weak seal/contact between the flapper and the flush valve seat. I hadn't had problems in the past, and I never associated it with using these tablets. I will throw them out (or use them as rodent poison, I guess) immediately.

Thank you for posting this, and I hope that I can get my share of the dollards to pay to fix my toilets.
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please no one tell my hubby that it was my drop-ins that i insisted on using that ruined the seal on our toilet.....oh man....he would kill me.....lol!

i had no idea this was going down so thanks for the info!
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