Thousands Join Shingle Lawsuit

Thousands Join Shingle Lawsuit

There are 116 comments on the KAAL TV - Minnesota story from Aug 21, 2008, titled Thousands Join Shingle Lawsuit. In it, KAAL TV - Minnesota reports that:

Shabby shingles have become a problem on thousands of roofs across Minnesota. That's why thousands of homeowners are now part of a national class action lawsuit against a major shingle manufacturer.

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Bah Humbug

Minneapolis, MN

#66 Jan 1, 2010
I was in the Navy. I loved that XXXX on a shingle. Oops wrong story. Sorry.
Greg Baehman

Wausau, WI

#67 Jan 2, 2010
Here's the latest news as of 12/31/09:
Preliminary settlement OKd in shingles lawsuit
By Diane Mastrull

Inquirer Staff Writer

A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted preliminary approval of a class-action settlement possibly worth as much as $600 million to resolve a potential tens of thousands of claims over allegedly faulty organic roofing shingles manufactured by Valley Forge-based CertainTeed Corp.
The final amount of the settlement will depend on the number of claims for damages actually filed.

CertainTeed sold the organic shingles under a dozen brand names, including Hallmark Shangle, Independence Shangle, Horizon Shangle, and Hearthstead, all of which were discontinued "several years ago," the company said in a statement.

"The terms of this settlement, which we believe to be fair and reasonable, allow for additional compensation to certain homeowners beyond our warranty terms," CertainTeed said, emphasizing it was "in no way" conceding that the shingles in question were faulty.

The company said it was agreeing to the settlement because "it allowed all parties to avoid time-consuming litigation."

With more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada, CertainTeed had more than $3 billion in sales in 2008.

Halunen & Associates, a Minneapolis law firm representing plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit, hailed the settlement as a victory for wronged consumers.

"The result we achieved ... proves that consumers can achieve real change if they are willing to stand up to corporations," lawyer Clayton Halunen said.

According to Halunen, those who own or have owned buildings affected by the allegedly defective shingles - installed since July 1987 - can expect to receive between $34 and $74 per square. In roofing terms, a square is 100 square feet.

The shingles were composed of organic felt, which was made from recycled paper, cardboard, and wood.

At Russell Roofing in Oreland, owner Russell "Kip" Kaller and production manager Bill Dietz said the CertainTeed shingles subject to the settlement were developing cracks three or four years after installation, which could allow water ultimately to penetrate the roof and cause damage to walls and ceilings.

When Dietz complained to CertainTeed representatives, he said, "they would say the shingle itself is still waterproof and it's a visual defect."

For the most part, Kaller said, CertainTeed "made good" on any claims of faulty shingles.

"Holy mackerel," Kaller said when told of the possible total settlement figure. "I did not realize the magnitude of the issue."

Most of the roofing world has since transitioned to fiberglass shingles, which CertainTeed also makes, he said.

U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak has scheduled a final hearing on the matter for June 8. It would settle litigation that started in 2007 and involves plaintiffs in 18 states, Halunen said.
Colleen

Bellevue, NE

#68 Jan 9, 2010
Lisa wrote:
Does anyone know what will get you more money? class action or making a warranty claim to the company (certainteed)? please respond.
The warranty gives you hardly anything. The warranty will give me $792, I replaced my roof before winter, so I don't have water damage and it cost me $6800...I didn't return the letter to sign off on the $792. I'm waiting for the settlement of the class action suit.
Colleen Hennings

Bellevue, NE

#69 Jan 9, 2010
Greg Baehman wrote:
Here's the latest news as of 12/31/09:
Preliminary settlement OKd in shingles lawsuit
By Diane Mastrull
Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia has granted preliminary approval of a class-action settlement possibly worth as much as $600 million to resolve a potential tens of thousands of claims over allegedly faulty organic roofing shingles manufactured by Valley Forge-based CertainTeed Corp.
The final amount of the settlement will depend on the number of claims for damages actually filed.
CertainTeed sold the organic shingles under a dozen brand names, including Hallmark Shangle, Independence Shangle, Horizon Shangle, and Hearthstead, all of which were discontinued "several years ago," the company said in a statement.
"The terms of this settlement, which we believe to be fair and reasonable, allow for additional compensation to certain homeowners beyond our warranty terms," CertainTeed said, emphasizing it was "in no way" conceding that the shingles in question were faulty.
The company said it was agreeing to the settlement because "it allowed all parties to avoid time-consuming litigation."
With more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada, CertainTeed had more than $3 billion in sales in 2008.
Halunen & Associates, a Minneapolis law firm representing plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit, hailed the settlement as a victory for wronged consumers.
"The result we achieved ... proves that consumers can achieve real change if they are willing to stand up to corporations," lawyer Clayton Halunen said.
According to Halunen, those who own or have owned buildings affected by the allegedly defective shingles - installed since July 1987 - can expect to receive between $34 and $74 per square. In roofing terms, a square is 100 square feet.
The shingles were composed of organic felt, which was made from recycled paper, cardboard, and wood.
At Russell Roofing in Oreland, owner Russell "Kip" Kaller and production manager Bill Dietz said the CertainTeed shingles subject to the settlement were developing cracks three or four years after installation, which could allow water ultimately to penetrate the roof and cause damage to walls and ceilings.
When Dietz complained to CertainTeed representatives, he said, "they would say the shingle itself is still waterproof and it's a visual defect."
For the most part, Kaller said, CertainTeed "made good" on any claims of faulty shingles.
"Holy mackerel," Kaller said when told of the possible total settlement figure. "I did not realize the magnitude of the issue."
Most of the roofing world has since transitioned to fiberglass shingles, which CertainTeed also makes, he said.
U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak has scheduled a final hearing on the matter for June 8. It would settle litigation that started in 2007 and involves plaintiffs in 18 states, Halunen said.
My letter says in order to claim the warranty from Certainteed, I have to return the signed letter for a lowsy $792.00 for my roof in 18 months. My 18 months is up in June 2010. I at least want something. If I claim this $792, will I get anything from a settlement? It cost me $6800 to replace my roof this summer.

“Bulldog Booster”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#70 Jan 9, 2010
Check the headline. They misspelled "single."
Seriously, I had two neighbors who had to replace these shingles. Their insurance covered it, because they had some recent hail damage.
Tom Shakopee

Shakopee, MN

#71 Jan 9, 2010
We had issues we believed with New Horizon, upgarded product. We had to hire an Independent Engineer that would not provide report until he was paid, but was courteous and professional.

The Structural Engineer determined we had poor workmanship from our builder, not defective shingles. This was due to nails not being driven deep enough (1 inch nails) as well paper did not extend to edges of roof. His reference to shingles was that they had dust in dirt, circulating in the air, get on the adhesive so the shingles did not adhere to one another.

Moreover, it says in the product information section of the warranty that in cold climates that builders may want to hand-seal the shingles. Our builder was quoted as saying, yes we know, but we NEVER do this. I think the builders believe after their 1 year warranty they are free and clear of liability. Not true.

Our Insurance Company, Farmers, did step up and pay, but we are pursuing action versus the Builder and their Sub-Contrator for the cost of an engineer, the cost of upgraded shingles that were put on before we moved in and closed on the house.
Tom Shakopee

Shakopee, MN

#72 Jan 9, 2010
Colleen Hennings wrote:
<quoted text> My letter says in order to claim the warranty from Certainteed, I have to return the signed letter for a lowsy $792.00 for my roof in 18 months. My 18 months is up in June 2010. I at least want something. If I claim this $792, will I get anything from a settlement? It cost me $6800 to replace my roof this summer.
Colleen,

Don't give up. I hope you saved some of the shingles. It is outrageous that builders and perhaps the roofing manufacturer sell homes with poor workmanship or product and think they have no responsibility when there is a problem.
Kroeger

Dayton, OH

#73 Jan 9, 2010
I live in Cincinnati, Oh. and have identical problems as everyone else, with shingle curling and deterioration. I have the Independence Shangle, Colonial Slate.
Marl

Mosinee, WI

#74 Jan 25, 2010
Tom Shakopee wrote:
<quoted text>
Colleen,
Don't give up. I hope you saved some of the shingles. It is outrageous that builders and perhaps the roofing manufacturer sell homes with poor workmanship or product and think they have no responsibility when there is a problem.
It's a case of "either take the lousy settlement CertainTeed offers us" or "join a class action lawsuit and hope there is a settlement in our favor." If you take the settlement they offer, that is all you get, as you have to sign an agreement to that effect. Be aware that the settlement that CertainTeed offers is only a small fraction of what it actually costs us to have our roofs replaced and also that there is a time limit where we can accept their offer. It truly is a case of "either--or". Our time limit soon will expire and we are hoping for a more favorable reimbursement through the class action lawsuit we joined.
Greg

Minneapolis, MN

#75 Feb 2, 2010
I had these shingles installed on my home in 2004. After only 2 years the shingles started curling, Certainteed blew me off. After repeated calls and when I say repeated calls I mean 25-30 they finally agreed to come and look at my roof. They agreed the roof was bad,now comes their offer. They paid for new shingles but not the removal, disposal or installation of new ones,so I paid for the labor twice. Needless to say I didn't put certainteed products back on my roof, I went with GAF.
Diane Reese Red Wing MN

Long Lake, MN

#76 Apr 14, 2010
I had my house reshingled in 1998. Certainteed shingles where put on my house and they are curling real bad. How do I get information on this law suit agianst them?
Thanks
[email protected]
Karen

Escanaba, MI

#77 Apr 18, 2010
I to have certainteed shingles, we put them on in 1995 when we built our house, the last 2 years they are curling and are so bad. How do I get a phone number to call for the class action lawsuit. I live in Michigan. Could not figure out why it was leaking by my skylights all the time, now I know. Thanks for you help in this matter.
Jim Poorroof

Cleveland, OH

#78 Jun 18, 2010
how do I join the lawsuit?
tim

Saint Paul, MN

#79 Jun 18, 2010
Herb Hedstrom wrote:
Sorry--some completely extraneous material got into my post. Ignore the recipe for killing Japanese beetles, and look for the web address at the end.
maybe that recipe would work for the execx lol
Ben S

Minneapolis, MN

#80 Jun 21, 2010
These shingles are bs.. what a joke
R Cox Anamosa IA

Bremen, IN

#81 Jul 5, 2010
Roofed in 2004 by a reputable contractor. Same problem curling. Lawyer contacted CertainTeed, They offered $700! NO WAY! Read on Website. Hearing was June 8,2010, but it will take forever before we hear any thing.
Fight Night

Minneapolis, MN

#82 Jul 5, 2010
You people GOT RIPPED! Certain Teed is made in China and they also have a SheetRock Branch.....

The Contractor Ripped You off! Certain Teed 30 year whole sale goes for $8 bucks a Square..

Next time go with TimberLine 30-40 year..

Best on the Market/ Bar None!
Jeff

Cedar Crest, NM

#83 Aug 10, 2010
Is there a class action lawsuit out there for Certain Teed shingles manufactured after 2005. Our house was built in 2008 and our shingles peel back and flap around till they finally fly off the roof with every wind storm. We are continually replacing shingles and gluing them down but with the next storm we peel off in a different area.
Reality Checker

Las Vegas, NV

#84 Aug 10, 2010
Don't worry, everone. Obama will rescue you from these bad shingles.

First, he'll blame it all on Bush.

Next, he'll fly to the middle east to apologize to terrorist dictators for our lousy shingles.

Last, he'll raise taxes on Republicans to pay for your new shingles.

Soon, you'll all be taken care of by your savior Obama.
Tami W

Sioux Falls, SD

#85 Sep 20, 2010
Brook H wrote:
I too have the same problem with my figerglass Hearthstead shingles. They were put on in 2000, and I live in. How do you get on the lawsuit, I live in South Dakota, and does it work to take them to small claims?
Brook,
We too live in Sioux Falls, did you find any informaiton out about this?
Thanks,
Tami

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