Our firm is nationally recognized for our successful representation of clients in suits seeking redress for injuries caused by defective products. We particularly specialize in defective building cases. Currently, we are working on several major cases concerning defective shingles in the roofing industry as well as defective brass fittings and piping systems in the plumbing industry. As part of our defective product cases, usually large, even national class actions, we hold corporations accountable for false advertising, concealing risks to customers, and failing to honor warranties. Over the years, we have recovered almost one billion dollars for our clients in dozens of cases.
Congoleum Corporation – Defective Flooring Tiles
CGL brought a class action lawsuit against Congoleum Corporation in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The suit alleged that the Defendant’s floor tiles (“DuraCeramic”), which are used in residential and commercial floor applications, prematurely fail and that the Defendant did not honor its warranties. On September 18, 2015, the court granted final approval of the proposed settlement.
GAF Roofing Shingles
Charles J. LaDuca served as co-lead counsel in the nationwide GAF Roofing Shingle Litigation. On April 22, 2015, the District Court for South Carolina granted final approval of a nationwide settlement, which provides substantial monetary relief to a class of approximately six million individuals. This is one of the largest home building material classes in the history of the United States, and allows for claims to be made for up to seven years. For more information or to file a claim, please visit: http://www.roofsettlement.com.
CGL brought together class actions against CertainTeed for its WeatherBoard Siding. On March 20, 2014, the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted final approval of a $103 million all cash settlement. For details, go to http://www.certainteedshinglesettlement.com.
Building Products of Canada
Charles J. LaDuca and Brendan S. Thompson served as co-lead counsel in the nationwide Building Products of Canada (“BPC”) Litigation. On December 19, 2012, the District Court for Vermont granted final approval of the settlement valued at approximately $39-$100 million. For more information about our settlement, please check out the settlement website at http://www.bpshinglesettlement.com.
Charles J. LaDuca served as chair of the executive committee in the nationwide ZURN Plumbing Litigation. On February 27, 2013, the District Court for Minnesota granted final approval of the settlement valued at approximately $33 million. For more information about our settlement, please check out the settlement website at: http://www.plumbingfittingsettlement.com.
Gentek Building Products
Charles J. LaDuca served as co-lead council in the Gentek Building Products Litigation. After several years of continuous litigation, LaDuca helped negotiate a settlement for the class which was approved by the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on August 1, 2013. For further information, go to: http://www.steelsidingsettlement.com.
CertainTeed Defective Roofing Shingles
CGL was co-lead counsel in the CertainTeed roof shingle litigation. On September 1, 2010, the Hon. Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved a settlement valued between $655 to $741 million on behalf of consumers. Approximately 75,000 class members have submitted a claim, and the claim period continues for years in the future.
Kitec Defective Plumbing Systems Settlement
Charles LaDuca was co-lead counsel in the Kitec Brass Fitting Litigation. On November 17, 2011, Judge Royal Furgeson, Senior Judge in the Northern District of Texas, granted final approval to a $125 million settlement concerning defective Kitec Plumbing Systems.
For more information on the Settlement please go to: www.kitecsettlement.com
Entran II Litigation
Jonathan Cuneo and Charles LaDuca were co-lead counsel in a bi-national settlement of approximately $345 million for the defective radiant heating hose known as Entran II.