By Laurie F. Masotto, Esq. (originally published in Summer 2001)

At least two manufacturers of hardboard siding used on the construction of homes are involved in class action lawsuits for which class members may be entitled to payment for damages associated with their products. The claims involve defects such as buckling, deterioration, discoloration, swelling, delamination, welting, sponginess, raised/popped fibers and resulting damage to the structural parts of buildings covered by the siding.

The MASONITE CORPORATION lawsuit involves siding installed between January 1, 1980 and January 15, 1998. Claims for damage that either has not been repaired or for expenditures already made to repair damages (other than that covered under separate warranty) must be made pursuant to the claims schedule below.

INSTALLATION DATE

INSTALLATION DATE

January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989

January 1, 1990 to January 15, 2998

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED CLAIM

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED CLAIM

January 15, 2005

January 15, 2008

Details as to what must be included in your claim and how to process same, along with exceptions and more detailed information on this class action lawsuit are available at www.masoniteclaims.com.

The WEYERHAEUSER suit involves siding installed from January 1, 1981 through December 31, 1999. The claims schedule is below.

INSTALLATION DATE

INSTALLATION DATE

INSTALLATION DATE

January 1, 1981

to

December 31, 1987

January 1, 1988

to

December 31, 1993

January 1, 1994

to

December 31, 1999

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED CLAIM

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED CLAIM

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED CLAIM

Three (3) years from the date of final order (12/22/03)

Six (6) years from the date of final order (12/22/06)

Nine (9) years from the date of final order (12/22/09)

Details on what must be included in a claim and how to process same, along with exceptions and more detailed information on the lawsuit are available at www.weyerclaims.com.

If these products were used in the construction of your development, we suggest your association promptly investigate whether you are eligible under the claims process. If you need further information or assistance, please contact our office.