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Masonite Siding Lawsuit Claims

If you own a house, condominium, town home or multi-unit dwelling with Masonite siding installed between 1990 and 1998, you qualify for a class action lawsuit CASH settlement. Average settlements from Masonite siding class action lawsuits equal $3000! Last year, Claimsource One recovered more than $15 Million for property owners!

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The real estate boom of the last twenty years resulted in construction of millions of single-family and multi-unit structures that used "new" and "synthetic" building products and sometimes installed by unskilled laborers. The most notable house siding experimented with was composite or fake-wood exterior siding. Masonite was one of many siding manufacturers that experimented with "new" and "synthetic" materials. These composite wood products, made of wood fibers (waste) and glue tend to rot prematurely, swell, grow mildew, fungus, and buckle or warp.

Many different corporations manufactured this kind of exterior siding during the last twenty years, creating over 100 different styles, shapes and textures of siding. Moreover, manufacturers created designs that are nearly identical to one another and unfortunately, not all styles, shapes, and textures qualify for reimbursement in the current settled, Masonite siding lawsuit.

Over 20 million single family houses, multi unit dwellings, condominiums and town homes are clad with exterior hardboard and OSB siding products (Masonite Hardboard and Masonite Omniwood). These products are subjects of settled, class-action lawsuits and most property owners are unaware that they qualify for settlement money.If you own a structure with Masonite siding installed between 1980 and 1998, you qualify for a cash settlement. ClaimSource One can recover that settlement for you -- we specialize in assisting property owners with recovery of cash settlements for damaged Masonite siding installed on their houses.

Not a Siding Recall

The Masonite Siding Lawsuits being described here do not represent a siding recall. Masonite will not replace your defective product with a newer product! Per the terms of the Masonite Siding Lawsuits, the company has agreed to compensate owners of qualifying house siding according to a damage settlement formula. Once paid, you are free to spend the money as you wish.

Masonite Siding Lawsuit

The following is an excerpt from the official notice for the Masonite Hardboard Siding Settlement. To view the full notice, click here.

If you had or have exterior Masonite Hardboard Siding installed and incorporated into your property between January 1, 1980 and January 15, 1998, you may have a right to compensation for damage associated with your siding if you file a timely claim.

CLAIMS FILING DEADLINES
Claims—Seven Year Program:......................January 15, 2005
Claims—Ten Year Program:..........................January 15, 2008

What is this Lawsuit About?

In 1994, Judy Naef and other homeowners filed a lawsuit, called Naef, et al. v. Masonite Corp., et al., No. CV944033. The Naef Plaintiffs, who own structures with exterior Masonite Hardboard Siding, brought the case as a class action against defendants Masonite Corporation and International Paper Company (together, "Masonite" or "Defendants") on behalf of all individuals or entities owning property in the United States on which Masonite Hardboard Siding has been incorporated and installed from January 1, 1980 to January 15, 1998.

Plaintiffs sought relief based on theories of negligence, breach of express warranties, and fraud. Plaintiffs alleged that hardboard siding manufactured by Masonite Corporation on or after January 1, 1980, and installed and incorporated into homes, any structures, and commercial and/or rental properties, will rot, buckle, discolor, deteriorate, and cause damage to other structural parts of the buildings into which it is incorporated, causing the Class Members to suffer and continue to suffer damages. Defendants vigorously denied these allegations and any and all liability for these claimed allegations. Defendants further denied that Class Members were generally entitled to damages or other relief from the Defendants.

On November 15, 1995, the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, issued an order certifying this action as a class action, defining the Class as: all persons and entities owning property in the United States on which Masonite Hardboard Siding has been incorporated and installed from January 1, 1980 to January 15, 1998. A notice of class certification was published, and Class Members were provided an opportunity to exclude themselves (opt out) from the class.

In August 1996, a Phase I jury trial was held on the issue of whether Masonite Hardboard Siding is "defective" as that term is legally defined by the laws of various states. The jury came back with a verdict, finding in Plaintiffs' favor under the laws of some states and in Defendants' favor under the laws of others. No determination was made on the issues of Defendants' liability or the amount of any damages. These questions were reserved for a Phase II trial.
On January 15, 1998, the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, granted final approval to a Settlement between Plaintiffs and Defendants. This Settlement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not to be taken as an indication of liability or that damages have been, or would be, found against Defendants if the action proceeded.

What is Masonite Hardboard Siding?

Masonite is a leading manufacturer of a product made from wood fiber, wax and resins that is widely known as hardboard siding. Masonite siding is distributed both in lap (board) and panel (sheet) applications, each available in various external textures designed to look like conventional lumber siding. Masonite markets its siding products for a variety of external construction uses, including exterior siding for residential and other structures.
This Settlement does not concern Masonite products used for interior, roof, wall substrate, plywood or deck sheathing, or for purposes other than exterior siding. This Settlement also does not concern Masonite OmniWood Siding (oriented-strand board, "OSB") and Woodruf® roofing. If you would like information concerning settlements involving Masonite OmniWood Siding or Masonite Woodruf roofing, call 1-800-256-6990 to receive the appropriate notice and claim form.

Masonite Omniwood Siding Lawsuit

The following is an excerpt from the official notice for the Masonite Omniwood Siding Settlement. To view the full notice, click here.

If you had or have exterior Masonite OmniWood Siding manufactured between January 1, 1992 and January 6, 1999 installed and incorporated into your property, you may have a right to compensation for damage associated with your siding if you file a timely claim.

CLAIMS FILING DEADLINES
Claims—Ten Year Program: ...............................January 6, 2009*

What is this Lawsuit About?

In 1997, Jeff Cosby and other homeowners filed a lawsuit called Cosby, et al. v. Masonite Corp., et al., No. CV98-2446. The Cosby Plaintiffs, who own structures with exterior Masonite OmniWood Siding, brought the case as a class action against defendants Masonite Corporation and International Paper Company (together, "Masonite" or "Defendants") on behalf of all individuals or entities owning property in the United States on which Masonite OmniWood Siding manufactured since 1992 is incorporated and installed.

Plaintiffs sought relief based on theories of negligence, breach of express warranties, and fraud. Plaintiffs allege that OmniWood siding manufactured by Masonite Corporation on or after January 1, 1992, and installed and incorporated into commercial and/or rental property and residences, will rot, buckle, discolor, deteriorate, and cause damage to other structural parts of the buildings into which it is incorporated, causing the Class Members to suffer and continue to suffer damages. Defendants vigorously deny these allegations and any and all liability for these claimed allegations. Defendants further deny that Class Members are generally entitled to damages or other relief from the Defendants.

On January 6, 1999, the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama, approved a settlement of this matter, certifying this action as a class action, defining the Class as: all persons and entities owning property in the United States and its territories on which Masonite OmniWood Siding manufactured between January 1, 1992 and January 6, 1999 is incorporated and installed.

In this case and other litigation, counsel for the plaintiffs have conducted an extensive investigation of the claims concerning Masonite OmniWood siding. They have reviewed several hundred thousand documents and conducted depositions.

The parties have settled this class action. This Settlement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not to be taken as an indication of liability or that damages have been, or would be, found against Defendants if the action had proceeded to trial.

What is Masonite OmniWood Siding?

Masonite was a leading manufacturer of an oriented strandboard siding product made from wood fiber, wax, resins, and a hardboard overlay that is widely known as OmniWood Siding. Masonite OmniWood Siding was distributed both in lap (board) and panel (sheet) applications, each available in various external textures designed to look like conventional lumber siding. Masonite marketed OmniWood siding products for a variety of external construction uses, including exterior siding for residential and other structures.