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Gelber accuses AG McCollum of dragging his feet on faulty pipes

by Dara Kam | February 16th, 2010

After more than four years, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum remains on the fence about whether to go after potentially millions of dollars from the manufacturers of faulty water and sewer pipes, a state senator who wants McCollum’s job charges.

Sen. Dan Gelber, a Democrat running for attorney general in a primary against Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres, asked McCollum to join other state attorneys general in a whistleblower lawsuit that Florida was initially involved in.

But McCollum, a Republican running for governor, has not officially joined at least four other states and numerous towns, cities and counties that are moving forward with the lawsuit against Los Angeles-based JM Eagle and its former parent company, makers of the PVC pipe.

A former employee of the company alleges that the pipes, used for sewer and water lines and supposed to last up to 50 years, leak and break as quickly as the first year of use and can rupture and explode.

Delaware, Nevada, Tennessee, Virginia and at least 40 California water districts have joined the whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court in California seeking millions of dollars in damages. Court documents show that Florida was among the governments initially involved in the lawsuit in 2006.

“These are not allegations that should be sat on,” Gelber, D-Miami Beach, said. “If something improper happened, people have a right to know and seek a remedy and it’s the attorney general’s obligation to make a decision ASAP. If there is a righteous cause of action for consumers, the last thing we want to be is late to the battle.”

Read Gelber’s letter to McCollum here.

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6 Responses to “Gelber accuses AG McCollum of dragging his feet on faulty pipes”

  1. Larry Says:

    Yep, here goes the PB Post posting another negative story about republicans.

    Guess who the PB Post is going to endorse?

    Well, we know it’s a democrat slate so the Post will endorse Gelber.

    It’s just placing negative stories about repubs and lavishing kudos on democrats.

    It’s an unbalanced newspaper. Loaded with democrats who spout the democrat line. There is NO balance in the PBPost just the pablum about their party’s guys.

    Vote OUT democrats. Rebalance government and get rid of Pelosi while you are at it.

    And vote out local democrats for they are just rubbing their hands together waiting to drop more taxes and fees to generate revenue for their bloated government.

    Out with democrats in 2010

  2. Its We The People Says:

    I am a life long Repub born and raised two counties away from McCollum. There is no doubt McCollum has refused to do hid job at Attorney General of Florida. he admits he can’t recoginize corruption. Reason being he was raised in corruption and can’t see same for looking. Dial 1-800-FEDS and let them show Slick Willie Mac what they do to corruption.

  3. McCollum: No merit to faulty PVC pipe lawsuit, state won’t join | Post on Politics Says:

    [...] State Sen. Dan Gelber, a Miami Beach Democrat running to replace McCollum, asked the attorney genera… to join four other states and dozens of cities, counties and water districts in the whistleblower suit filed in federal court in California. [...]

  4. Steve Says:

    WHY DID MCCOLLUM WITHDRAW FROM THE LAWSUIT?

    Other states feel as though there is enough evidence to proceed. Why did Florida (CRIST) back in 2006 join the lawsuit as a plaintiff alleging the pipe was bad? Why does McCollum disagree with Crist?

    We need a Florida Attorney General who will respond to the public’s questions.

    I bet if the bad pipe ended up in McCollum’s house that Fl;orida would still be listed as a plaintiff.

  5. Steve Says:

    Great story! Hope you folks pursue this issue. Maybe an editorial calling on McCollum to explain. :o )

  6. not about reblicans Says:

    It’s about justice.
    The company did not do what they were supposed to and should be held accountable.

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