New Jersey Man Files Maibec Wood Shingle Class Action LawsuitJul 14, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court is seeking to represent anyone who owns a building that had wood shingles made by Maibec Inc. installed since 1986. The lawsuit claims that the Maibec wood shingles fail before their warranty expires, and accuses Maibec of failing to fully honor its warranty agreements.
The lead plaintiff in the Maibec wood shingle class action lawsuit is the former owner of a New Jersey home improvement company, James Vander Veer, who claims Maibec wood shingles failed on a home just four years after a subcontractor had installed them. Vander Veer alleges he was forced into a settlement with the homeowners after Maibec refused to fix the problem.
The lawsuit claims Maibec wood shingles are plagued by design flaws that result in warping, peeling, cracking, buckling and curling. It further alleges that representations Maibec made about the shingles and their warranties are false.
Vander Veer's eight-count complaint alleges breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, strict products liability and violations of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.
Maibec is a Canadian company that sells wood shingle siding in a dozen states. According to Vander Veer's lawsuit, the shingles are marketed as high-quality, durable and resistant to rot and insect damage. The Maibec shingles were also guaranteed for 50 years against wood decay, offering a 30-year warranty on two coats of solid stain and a five-year warranty on labor.