On July 12, 2012, the United States District for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted Plaintiffs' unopposed motion to provide notice to the certified class in Hart v. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. The lawsuit concerns TrimBoard, which is an exterior trim product designed, marketed and sold by ABTCO, Inc. and, later, its successor, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (“LP”), used on homes, apartments, condominiums, buildings and other structures. Plaintiffs allege that TrimBoard is actually defective in design and manufacture because it prematurely deteriorates, rots, swells, buckles, splits, checks, cracks, delaminates, absorbs water, warps and/or bulges under normal conditions and exposure; it causes consequential water and structural damage; and it promotes the growth of health-threatening mold, mildew, fungi, and insect infestation in the structures in which it is installed.
The class consists of: all persons in the State of North Carolina who own a home, office or other building in which ABTCO's TrimBoard has been installed since October 22, 1998. Excluded from the Class are: (a) any Judge or Magistrate presiding over this action and members of their families; (b) LP and any entity in which LP has a controlling interest or which has a controlling interest in LP and all legal representatives, assigns and successors of ABTCO; and (c) all persons who properly execute and file a timely request for exclusion from the Class.
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