Property owners who experienced problems with James Hardie fiber cement siding may be able to participate in a class action lawsuit to recover compensation for repair costs and other damages. It has been alleged that the company sold defectively designed and manufactured exterior fiber cement siding that can fail prematurely. Because James Hardie allegedly released a defective product into the marketplace and falsely advertised the quality of its siding, consumers experiencing problems such as cracking and moisture invasion may have legal recourse.
It has been alleged that the siding fails prematurely, causing damage to underlying structures by allowing in moisture. Signs of deterioration may include:
In the most severe cases, the siding reportedly breaks and falls off the property.
In addition to allegations of product defects, plaintiffs also claim the life expectancy of the product is less than 50 years, despite the fact that James Hardie widely advertised a 50-year warranty for the siding. Customers have also alleged that that some of the siding’s components are not protected by the warranty or are not covered by the entire 50-year period.
Other allegations posed by the lawsuit include:
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