MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A nationwide class action settlement received preliminary approval by Judge Louis Pollak, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to make payments to tens of thousands of homeowners across the U.S. and Canada whose roofs have been adversely affected by defective organic shingles manufactured by CertainTeed Corporation. The settlement has an expected value to the class of between $400 and $600 million, depending on the number of claims made.
Clayton D. Halunen of HALUNEN & ASSOCIATES, one of the lead attorneys representing consumers in Minnesota as well as 17 other states, stated that, “The number of people who have been affected by these faulty shingles is truly shocking. The result we achieved for the plaintiffs proves that consumers can achieve real change if they are willing to stand up to corporations such as CertainTeed.”
The Complaint filed against CertainTeed on behalf of the consumers alleges that the CertainTeed organic shingles on their homes were substandard. The shingles were marketed as durable and offering long-lasting protection, yet not long after their installation many consumers experienced noticeable damage to their roofs and the underlying felt and plaster, as well as to their walls and ceilings.
Halunen noted that “the settlement was reached after over 3 years of contentious litigation . It will benefit all people who have owned, or currently own, a home or structure on which CertainTeed organic shingles were installed from July 1987 through the present.” Based in Valley Forge, PA with about 300 offices throughout the United States and in Canada, CertainTeed sells the shingles under dozens of brand names including Centennial Slate, Hallmark, Hearthstead, Horizon, Independence, Landmark, Sealdon and Woodscape.
Qualified individuals who own, or have owned, buildings affected by the defective shingles can expect to receive between $34 and $74 per square, depending on whether or not they have a valid warranty. For more information on the settlement and details on how to file a claim, consumers are encouraged to visit www.halunenlaw.com.
About Halunen & Associates
Halunen & Associates was established in 1998. With offices in Minneapolis and Chicago, the firm focuses on employment law and consumer rights litigation, working tirelessly to protect the rights of working people and consumers across the country. For more information please visit www.halunenlaw.com.