A Washington man has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Behr Process Corp. in which he alleges the company's DeckOver resurfacing product does not live up to its claims of durability. Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Masco Corp., The Home Depot, Inc., and Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.
The plaintiff alleges he bought Behr’s DeckOver product based on the defendants’ boasts that it was a “more durable coating” for decks and other outside surfaces than paint or stains and would allow consumers to “rejuvenate” rather than replace their decks. According to the complaint, however, the plaintiff’s deck began to peel and crack less than a year after he applied the product.
The complaint argues that the defendants knew DeckOver would not perform as claimed yet continued to market and sell the product at a premium price similar to that of purportedly inferior products. As a result, the suit alleges, consumers who relied on the defendants’ promises were forced to pay for replacing or repairing their damaged decks.