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Class Action Lawsuit: Atlas Chalet Shingles Defective, Deteriorating Prematurely in Florida

May 29, 2014

A recently filed class action lawsuit alleges that Atlas Chalet Shingles are defective and they deteriorating prematurely.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a South Carolina couple and all others in the class who are similarly situated and indicates that Atlas marketed its Chalet Shingles as being durable, reliable, and compliant with ASTM (previously known as American Society for Testing and Materials) standards, which means they were appropriate for use in homes and other structures.

The lawsuit alleges that the shingles did not perform as marketed and that Atlas told the plaintiffs that its products would be free of defects for at least 30 years. The allegations also indicate that Atlas said it would correct the situation if its shingles failed to live up to these standards and that Atlas knew its Shingles were defective, causing a number of problems, including:

  • Blistering
  • Granule loss
  • Increased moisture absorption
  • Reduced life expectancy

The complaint alleges that the Atlas Chalet Shingles are so defective that the plaintiffs in the class have had to repair or replace the shingles sooner than is reasonably expected and that Atlas Chalet Shingles do not satisfy industry standards. Because of this, the lawsuit alleges, the Chalet Shingles have not lived up to Atlas’ representations and warranties, and consumers are entitled to compensation.

Although Atlas Roofing Corporation promoted its Chalet Shingles as a high-quality product that would give the homeowner “peace of mind” at an affordable price, many Atlas Chalet roof customers report that their roofs began to deteriorate as early as one year following installation. In fact, consumers reported that the Chalet Shingles blistered and cracked, dislodging chunks of material. Consumers have been faced with costly repairs—even full replacement costs—years earlier than expected.

This class action asserts breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, three counts of negligence—negligence, gross negligence, negligent design—strict products liability, and fraudulent concealment, according to the complaint.

Parker Waichman LLP filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers in Florida who have purchased Atlas Chalet Shingles. The lawsuit was filed on June 3, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Rockhill Division. (0:13-cv-01505-TLW). Atlas Roofing Corporation has been named as the defendant.

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