Tyco Reaches Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit Involving Fire Technology Center

Agreement will provide up to $17.5 million for Town of Peshtigo residents who have been affected by PFAS from Tyco’s FTC

Statements can be attributed to Tyco Spokesperson Katie McGinty

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement of a class action lawsuit filed in 2018 against Tyco on behalf of individuals who live in the Town of Peshtigo and whose property has been affected by the presence of PFAS from our Fire Technology Center (FTC).

This settlement agreement is part of Tyco’s efforts to address the disruption this issue has caused our neighbors.  It does not affect or change Tyco’s ongoing initiatives to remediate PFAS from the FTC in the Marinette/Peshtigo area to ensure our neighbors have clean and safe water.

The agreement provides that Tyco will pay up to $17.5 million to compensate Town of Peshtigo residents who live within a defined area affected by PFAS from the FTC.*  The money is allocated to settle property and personal claims of those impacted by the presence of PFAS.  Individual claimants will receive formal notice of the settlement that provides details on how it will proceed.

Tyco has been working for several years with environmental scientists and using state-of-the-art practices to identify the area impacted by PFAS from the FTC and find permanent solutions.  To ensure clean drinking water in the interim, we have provided bottled water and/or well point-of-entry systems for impacted households.  We recently announced that we have identified a permanent solution for clean groundwater and surface water and are working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to finalize the design and installation. The settlement does not affect or change this work or Tyco’s commitment to fund a new water line to permanently provide clean drinking water to impacted residents in the Town of Peshtigo.

There are still several procedural and legal steps that must occur before the settlement is final and payments are made. The settlement is subject to approval by the federal court presiding over this lawsuit and other contingencies, and that process will take several months.  The amount each claimant receives will be determined by a settlement administrator chosen by the court-approved lawyers for the class. Tyco will have no role in the distribution of the funds.

The settlement does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by the company.  The agreement expresses our desire to resolve this litigation so that we can focus on the permanent solutions we have identified to get rid of the PFAS from our FTC.

*Those eligible to file a claim are current or former residents and current or former landowners who owned and/or lived at a property with a private drinking water well source for at least one year between January 1, 1965 and December 31, 2020, in the impacted area bounded in the north by University Drive, in the south by Heath Lane, in the west by Roosevelt Road and in the east by the Bay of Green Bay, all in the Town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin.

Media contact:

Kathleen Cantillon
Director, Environmental Communications
Johnson Controls
+1 708.657.2127