Defective Consumer and Home Products

12/05/2013

Kolbe Windows Breach of Warranty Investigation

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating consumer complaints that windows manufactured by Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. ("Kolbe") are prone to premature, chronic air and/or water penetration following residential and commercial installation.  Consumer complaints also include Kolbe falsely advertising its windows as requiring little or no maintenance and Kolbe's failure to properly honor its express warranties after becoming aware of alleged product defects and associated problems experienced by consumers. Kolbe's alleged product defects, its alleged false representations, and its failure... Read More
11/24/2013

AZEK Decking False Advertising Investigation

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims for false advertising on behalf of consumers who purchased AZEK Decking products.  AZEK manufactures an alternative to natural wood decking made from the synthetic material PVC. AZEK markets and advertises their PVC decking as low maintenance and able to avoid the typical drawbacks seen in traditional wood and composite decking, such as staining, scratching, splitting and moisture related problems. Nevertheless, customers are finding out that they aren’t getting what they were promised.... Read More
11/04/2013

Atlas Roofing Defective Shingles Investigation

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims including false representation and breach of warranty against Atlas Roofing Corporation in connection with the company's manufacture and sale of the following roofing systems: • Chalet • GlassMaster • Pinnacle • StormMaster Slate • StormMaster LM • Stratford Audet and Partners, LLP has noted complaints raised by Atlas customers that, despite express warranties ranging from 25 years to lifetime, Atlas Shingles exhibit premature failures including cracking, buckling, curling, blistering, degranulation, and leaking.  Additionally, this premature shingle failure has allegedly... Read More
09/01/2013

Tremco Roofing Systems

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims against Tremco, Inc. for false advertising and the sale of defective roofing systems.  A former Tremco employee testified that Tremco, Inc. failed to disclose the true quality of roofing systems to various governmental entities and the company sold defective roofing products, materials and systems to these entities both directly and through various roofing contractors. This testimony eventually led to a settlement in which Tremco agreed to pay more than $60 million to the... Read More
08/01/2013

Lenox and Superior Fireplace Recall

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On July 25, 2013, Lenox Hearth Products initiated a voluntary recall of several models of fireplaces sold under the Lenox and Superior brands that, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, pose a risk of potentially dangerous gas leakage.  The defect in these units relates to internal gas connectors that may allow gas to escape, posing risk of fire and injury. The recall targets approximately 11,500 fireplaces sold by HVAC retailers and installers throughout the United States between April 2012... Read More
07/16/2013

Behr Deck Stain

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims that wood stains manufactured and distributed by Behr Process Corporation may be prone to premature cracking and peeling after periods of use well within the manufacturer's warranty. Behr deck stain has been the subject of considerable consumer dissatisfaction expressed on various Internet sites. Recently, there have been reports of the Behr deck stain cracking, chipping, and peeling early on after application and well within the warranty period set by the manufacturer.  Many consumers claim... Read More
07/15/2013

Granite Ridge Roofing Shingles

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  Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims that Granite Ridge architectural shingles manufactured by Gerard Roofing Technologies ("Gerard"), a division of Metals USA, Inc., are defective and fail to perform in accordance with the 50-year product warranty issued by the manufacturer.  In one claim, a homeowner's association of a 25-building condominium complex in Texas paid nearly $1 million for installation of a Granite Ridge roofing system.  The installation of the Granite Ridge panels was installed under the supervision of a... Read More
07/15/2013

Georgia-Pacific PrimeTrim Building Trim

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims that PrimeTrim, a synthetic building molding product manufactured, marketed, and sold by Georgia-Pacific often fails to perform up to warranty standards and marketing representations touting the product as more durable than traditional lumber.  To the contrary, many owners of buildings that have incorporated PrimeTrim have allegedly found that PrimeTrim has shown signs of deterioration, rotting, swelling, buckling, delamination, water absorption, warping and/or bulging well before the expiration of the 30-year express warranty provided... Read More
06/25/2013

Tamko Roofing Shingles Warranty Claims

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating potential legal claims on behalf of consumers who purchased various types of roof shingles manufactured by TAMKO Building Products, Inc.  The company, based in Joplin, Missouri, backs most shingles that it manufactures with limited warranties ranging from 30 to 50 years (see accompanying chart). Complaints, however, have come to our attention from homeowners alleging roofing failures within ten years from the date of installation.  Several consumers have alleged that upon presenting warranty claims to TAMKO,... Read More
11/19/2012

Defective Central Air Conditioning Units Sold by Goodman and Amana

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Audet and Partners, LLP has brought a class action lawsuit based on claims that Goodman and Amana manufactured and sold air conditioner units since 2008 that failed to conform to reasonable consumer expectations based on express product warranties.  In the air conditioner class action lawsuit, it is alleged that central air units were sold during this time containing defective evaporator coils prone to premature rupture.  This defect commonly leads to leakage of the refrigerant Freon causing the units to seize up... Read More
09/14/2012

Alleged “Flushmate III” Exploding Toilets

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After people were injured by "exploding toilets" the Consumer Products and Safety Commission ordered a recall of over 2.3 million Sloan Flushmate III toilets.  This was a very popular toilet because of its of its powerful flush.  However, the system apparently wasn't strong enough to withstand the air and water pressure it created, causing the tank lid to rise and shatter the tank.  There have already been over 300 flushmate problems reported involving toilets that have burst causing plumbing and... Read More
12/17/2011

WeatherBest Composite Decking Investigation

Please be advised that  a class action settlement was recently approved by the Honorable Joseph C. Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.... Read More
08/23/2011

BP “Rampart” Organic Shingles

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BP (Building Products of Canada) "Rampart" Organic Shingles BP Organic shingles are supposed to last for 25 years.  According to numerous published complaints, these shingles may only last for between 2 to 12 years.    Here are samples of typical complaints about these shingles:   http://www.roofery.com/shingles/reviews/bp/2/   "My roof was installed in 1997. The shingles have bald spots, cracking and curling."   "I installed the shingles with a guaranty of 25 years and after 9 years the shingles started to warp. "   "After only 10 years, the 25 year shingles... Read More
06/12/2011

Privacy Litigation

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In our modern world, we disclose personal information to a myriad of government and commercial entities.  Every time you sign up for a website, or fill out an online or paper form, you are usually divulging personal information.  Twenty years ago, this was not a large problem.  But now it is. .   Corporations, government offices, and even small local businesses often maintain huge databases which contain your private information.  Although there are both federal and state laws in regards to the... Read More
04/06/2011

James Hardie Siding

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James Hardie fiber cement siding is marketed as lasting for a certain number of "years."  But according to allegations in a recent class action lawsuit, it may not last that long.  In fact, according to the allegations in the complaint, the James Hardie cement siding has certain manufacturing defects.  Products involved may include: "Hardie Fiber-Cement" HARDIEPLANK HZ10 HARDIEPANEL HZ10 HARDIESHINGLE HZ10 HARDIESOFFIT HZ10 These alleged defects cause the fiber siding to crack, warp, and shrink.  These alleged defects apparently cause it to pull away from its fasteners, in certain... Read More
12/01/2010

Certainteed WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding

UPDATE: CertainTeed Corporation and Class counsel for building owners who have CertainTeed fiber cement siding installed have reached a proposed class action settlement. The proposed settlement would provide $103.9 million to building owners from across the United States. Currently, both sides are awaiting final approval of the Settlement from the Court. For updates, settlement information and documents or to request a claim form please see the settlement website: http://www.certainteedfibercementsettlement.com/hc/en-us According to a recently filed lawsuit, "Certainteed WeatherBoards" cement siding has been... Read More
10/09/2010

San Bruno Fire Resources / Lawsuit Information

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CASE UPDATE: 9/17/2010 - AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IN THE SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION AND FIRE CASE.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE FILED LAWSUIT / COMPLAINT. HERE IS OUR PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING THE SUIT. Selected Press Coverage of the Class Action Lawsuit Against PG&E: San Bruno man sues PG&E over pipeline explosion (San Jose Mercury News) PG&E sued over San Bruno fire (San Mateo Daily Journal) San Bruno Breaking news: Resident suing PG&E (Examiner.com) Regulators increase pressure on PG&E over pipelines (Los... Read More
10/09/2010

JM Eagle PVC Pipe

A class-action lawsuit was recently filed behalf of property owners potentially seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from JM Eagle for allegedly supplying substandard polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) pipe for potable water systems, and other applications. The lawsuit asks the court to certify a nationwide class action on behalf of all persons or entities who installed the allegedly substandard JM Eagle pipe. The filing seeks reimbursement of all sums paid by the class members to JM Eagle, and for all other damages... Read More