MW Windows/Ply Gem Windows Lawsuit
MW Windows/Ply Gem Window Alleged Defects May Cause Water Infiltration
Did you or your contractor install MW vinyl clad wood windows, such as the V-Wood, Freedom or Patriot series windows (now being sold by MW's parent company, Ply Gem Windows under the names Freedom 600 and Freedom 800) because of their superior quality? Reportedly, MW Manufacturers has falsely advertised that its windows have certain performance characteristics. Among other things, MW allegedly marketed its windows under certain critical performance characteristics, but did not actually test its products to confirm its claims. Not only are these alleged actions wrong because of its deception towards consumers, but they may actually pose a safety hazard because customers are led to believe that these windows will be able to withstand harsh weather conditions such as high winds and pressure.
Manufacturers Falsely Marketed Certain MW Window Series
Evidence suggests that MW Manufacturers sold windows by making false or misleading statements about their performance. Window manufacturers are obligated to comply with AAMA 101 regulations under the International Residential Code (IRC). Allegedly, MW Windows has falsely advertised its windows as having a DP50 rating; this mislabeling deceives the public into thinking that these windows have a higher level of strength and quality.
The alleged false advertising also creates a safety risk, because the windows have a lower ability to withstand high winds, air pressure and water infiltration.
Ply Gem’s Windows Series Freedom 600 and Freedom 800 are allegedly not certified. Typically, once a window meets the needs of the manufacturer, it must also be subjected to third-party. The IRC, however, will not utilize the third-party results unless the data is certified by an approved inspection agency. Ply Gem has reported that their windows have a DP50 rating, but this information has not been certified in compliance with the IRC.
MW Manufacturers has allegedly violated the Lanham Act with regards to how it marketed and sold its windows.
The Lanham Act essentially states that individuals who falsely represent facts about an item in commerce are subject to penalty under the law. MW also allegedly gains an unfair advantage over competitors by falsely advertising the windows’ performance characteristics, which are indicative of the products’ weathering resistance, a component that is critical to whether or not a consumer buys the window.
How Do I Know If I Have These Defective Windows?
Unless you speak to your builder, you may not know whether or not you have these allegedly defective windows. One way to tell is to look at the top of the window from within the house for a label that references "MW, V-Wood, Patriot, Jef (Jefferson), Freedom 600, or Freedom 800.” These windows were formerly sold by MW and are now distributed by parent company Ply Gem. We represent numerous individuals in product liability class actions lawsuits around the country. Our firm offers free legal advice for anyone who has questions about pursuing a lawsuit over one of these windows.
Legal Help for Homeowners who Installed MW Windows
If you are a property owner whose house, office, or building is outfitted with MW Windows, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form or call 1(800)-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to speak with one of our experienced product liability lawyers today.