U.S. District Court Ruling Protects Flood-Prone Consumers from False Advertising

By | December 18, 2017

APITMAN, N.J. (PRWEB) December 15, 2017
Smart Vent Products, Inc., a leader in wet and dry floodproofing solutions, announced that the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey {case number 13-5691} ruled Crawl Space Door Systems, Inc., {CSD}, a competitor of Smart Vent, falsely represented its flood vents to be compliant with FEMA’s Technical Bulletin 1, August 2008 {TB-1}. CSD’s false claims may have misled homeowners that CSD flood vents were compliant with FEMA’s TB-1, which has strict standards for flood protection. Smart Vent filed the unfair competition suit against CSD in 2013 to primarily help ensure that homeowners don’t lose their largest asset, their home and its irreplaceable contents, and businessowners don’t lose the company store, because un-certified and ineffective flood vents failed to meet federal standards.

Smart Vent’s state-of-the-art flood vents are certified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service. This body evaluates mass-produced engineered flood vents, including the underlying manufacturing processes and quality controls, ensuring compliance with FEMA TB-1 regulatory criteria.

“Our mission at Smart Vent is and always has been to provide the best flood protection solutions and information available,” said Tom Little, VP of Smart Vent. “Every year thousands of Americans suffer catastrophic flood damage to their homes or other structures because they aren’t adequately protected. So when we see a company making false claims about its flood vents, we feel obligated to take action and safeguard consumers whether they are our customers or not. This decision reaffirms the superiority the Smart Vent products line in the United States’ marketplace.”
U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle ordered that Crawl Space Door Systems, Inc., its employees, agents and others acting on its behalf were permanently barred from falsely advertising that its mass-produced, louvered flood vent products were FEMA TB-1 compliant.

Little said, “With so many people rebuilding homes in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes, this ruling couldn’t be more timely.”

Smart Vent’s Flood Risk Evaluator division has set up a hot line 800-507-0462 and e-mail consumerconcern@yourfloodrisk.com to provide free evaluations of homes and buildings that have this falsely advertised flood vent in their foundations and any other questions.
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