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Gentek Building Products Class Action Settlement Approved

Aug 7, 2013

In a Final Order, U.S. District Court Judge Benita Y. Pearson approved the settlement for a product liability class action lawsuit against Gentek Building Products. The order was filed on August 1, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

Complaint allegations included that the siding manufactured and sold by Gentek is defectively designed and manufactured in such a way that it will prematurely fail, causing damage to consumer homes. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a number of plaintiffs who alleged that the exterior siding manufactured by Gentek is defective and fails within the warranty period. The manufacturer’s warranty indicates that it covers cracking, chipping, flaking, peeling, or splitting and that this coverage is for life of the purchaser.

The lawsuit indicates that Gentek’s peels, cracks, and chips have occurred within the warranty period; however, Gentek allegedly failed to honor its warranty. The plaintiffs claim that instead of repairing, replacing, or refinishing the siding, as promised, Gentek, instead, offered a small financial compensation or an offer to repaint the affected area only. The lawsuit claimed that the money offered was not sufficient to reverse the damage, and that repainting only the affected area would lead to future repairs because the proposed solution neglected to address the underlying problem.

The case is Eliason, et al. v. Gentek Building Products, Inc., et al., Case No.: 1:10-cv-02093-BYP. The court appointed Jordan L. Chaikin, a partner at Parker Waichman LLP, who had been named to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee on October 10, 2012, as Settlement Class Counsel. Additional law firms were also appointed as Settlement Class Counsel.

“We could not be more pleased with the settlement agreement,” said Mr. Chaikin. “We are also quite pleased that homeowners and others in the class who were impacted by the defective exterior siding will be compensated.”

Plaintiffs had long alleged that Gentek’s exterior aluminum and steel siding was defectively designed and manufactured in such a way that the product prematurely fails and causes damage to consumer homes, which leads to lowered property values. Consumers complained that Gentek’s siding is prone to chipping, fading, and blistering paint; paint that peels in sheets; and additional damages that cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.

The case is Eliason, et al. v. Gentek Building Products, Inc., et al., Case No.: 1:10-cv-02093-BYP. The court appointed Jordan L. Chaikin, a partner at Parker Waichman LLP, who had been named to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee on October 10, 2012, as Settlement Class Counsel. Additional law firms were also appointed as Settlement Class Counsel.


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