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Atlas Chalet Shingle Class Action Moves Forward

A Georgia federal judge ruled Monday that a South Carolina couple who brought a class action against Atlas Roofing Corp. failed to adequately assert an economic loss from their purchase of Atlas Chalet shingles, as required under South Carolina law in order to prove strict liability or negligence for a product liability tort.

David and Patricia Dickson alleged in their complaint that the manufacturing process allowed moisture to enter the shingles, creating gas bubbles that expanded in the sun, blistering and cracking them, according to Law360.com. More Atlas Chalet Shingle Class Action Moves Forward

TimberSIL Wood Products Rotting, Despite 40 Year Guarantee

After Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation stepped in and rebuilt 100 homes that were designed to be energy-efficient and eco-friendly. Unfortunately, some of the wood  products, specifically TimberSIL,  used during the construction of the houses is now rotting.

TimberSIL, is touted as  an innovative glass-infused wood by the manufacturer,  and was used  on outdoor steps and front porches of houses in the Lower 9th Ward, the New Orleans Advocate reported. Although the wood was guaranteed for 40 years, it has already begun rotting, a Make It Right spokeswoman told the New Orleans Advocate. More TimberSIL Wood Products Rotting, Despite 40 Year Guarantee

Lawsuit Filed Charging New York Condo with Negligence that Caused Trip and Fall Injuries

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a man who was injured, allegedly due to negligent conditions at the parking garage on the premises of Georgetown Square Condominiums in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The suit was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Dutchess County, and names Georgetown Square Condominiums, Howard Himelstein, Emily Z. Himelstein, River Management Development and Realty, Inc., as defendants.The man is represented by the national law firm Parker Waichman LLP.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Volkswagon for Jetta Wiring Defect

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Volkswagen Group of America Inc. alleging that the 2005 and 2006 models of the Volkswagen Jetta have a door wiring defect that could lead to an electrical short circuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Volkswagen defectively designed the door wiring harnesses to be too short. Allegedly, this problem can happen in both doors but is more common on the driver’s side. Eventually the wires break, causing the door controls to malfunction, and as a result, the driver can lose access to several features, including power window controls, gas latch release, trunk release and power mirror controls, the lawsuit alleges.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Azek Alleging False Marketing Claims

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Azek Building Products Inc. alleging that Azek Deck Boards can show signs of staining, scratching, fading, discoloration, and mold and mildew deposits, despite marketing claims to the contrary by the manufacturer.

The national law firm Parker Waichman LLP filed the suit on April 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. CPG International Inc. and Azek Building Products Inc. have been named as defendants. The class action suit was filed on behalf of two men, one from Pinckneyville, Illinois, and one from Bel Air, Maryland. Both had purchased the Azek decking material, in 2011 and 2009, respectively, to be used as outdoor decks and docks.

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Unintended Acceleration Drives Class Action Lawsuit Against Ford

A group of purchasers have filed a class action lawsuit in West Virginia federal court against Ford Motor Co. over alleged defects in Ford’s vehicles that result in unintended acceleration. The class action is similar to the lawsuits that have recently been filed against Toyota Motor Corp.

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of potentially millions of Ford purchasers and lessees, law360.com said. It claims Ford vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2010 that feature an electronic throttle control system are susceptible to unexpected acceleration, and that the company has openly admitted that some of its vehicles have that issue.

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Georgia-Pacific Sued Over Alleged Misleading Marketing Claims for its PrimeTrim Home Exterior

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Georgia-Pacific LLC, alleging its PrimeTrim home exterior trim is misleadingly marketed as being stronger than timber, but rots prematurely. The plaintiffs are represented by Jordan Lucas Chaikin of Parker Waichman LLP.

Plaintiffs James L. Mace and Marshall A. Reddy claim Georgia-Pacific has deceived homeowners by suggesting that the product is free from the common defects found in timber and by promising a 30-year warranty that provides for replacements or repairs, and failing to live up to those assertions, law360.com said. The plaintiffs claim that PrimeTrim is not more durable than traditional lumber, does not look great for years without frequent repainting or caulking, and does not hold up to sun, rain, snow or time. By contrast, PrimeTrim contains a known defect because it prematurely deteriorates, rots, swells and buckles, the lawsuit said.

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Suit Filed Against Remington Arms Over Alleged Safety Defect In Its Model 700 Rifles

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of North Carolina and Washington consumers who own the Remington Model 700 Rifle manufactured by Remington Arms. The complaint alleges that the Walker Fire Control (WFC) trigger mechanism, a component on these rifles, is defective. Remington Arms Company, LLC., Sporting Goods Properties, Inc. and E.I. Du Pont Nemours and Company have been named as defendants.

The Walker Fire Control uses a separate trigger connector that is not physically attached to the trigger itself, but is instead held in place by tension from a spring and side plates. The design of the gun can cause debris to build up in a gap that forms when the rifle is fired, which can, allegedly, result in misfires. There is no engineering reason to use a separate trigger connector. In fact, Mr. Walker, the component’s designer, publicly acknowledged in 2011 that the component’s only purpose was to make firing smoother and reduce manufacturing costs. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants knew of the defective nature of the Walker Fire Control before it was even placed on the market. More Suit Filed Against Remington Arms Over Alleged Safety Defect In Its Model 700 Rifles

New Jersey Contractor Given Probation for Violating Clean Air Act’s Asbestos Work Practice Standards

A New Jersey contractor has been sentenced to three years probation after being charged with conspiracy and six counts of violating the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards while he worked at an old central New Jersey paper mill. His actions potentially put others at risk for mesothelioma and other illnesses.

Vele Bozinoski, 61, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, removed several hundred feet of asbestos-containing insulation from the Garden State Paper Mill in February 2007, but failed to complete required steps before beginning his work. Regulations required Bozinoski to inspect the insulation for the presence of asbestos before removing it and wetting it to prevent asbestos fibers from floating through the air. He was charged with “conspiring with others not to follow federal regulations requiring him to inspect the facility for asbestos and to notify the Environmental Protection Agency before removing the insulation,” according to Mesothelioma.com. More New Jersey Contractor Given Probation for Violating Clean Air Act’s Asbestos Work Practice Standards

Ferry Involved in Crash Recently Underwent Major Renovations

A commuter ferry involved in a crash Wednesday in Lower Manhattan recently underwent major renovations and had its high-speed, four-engine system replaced with a new propeller system that made the craft lighter and more fuel-efficient.

Changes to the Seastreak Wall Street were laid out in the August 2012 issue of the online shipping magazine Marinelog. The changes were considered suitable for the boat’s operating costs, ferry schedule, and age of the original system, which was installed in 2003, when it first launched. Investigators are looking into the crash at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, which took place around 8:45 a.m. Toxicology tests were also performed on the ship’s operators. Scores of people were injured in the crash, two of them critically, The Los Angeles Times reported. More Ferry Involved in Crash Recently Underwent Major Renovations