List of 10 Class Action Lawsuits Homeowners Should Follow

Whether the case has recently been certified, is in on-going litigation, or has reached a class action settlement these are some of the top-10 product liability and homeowner class action lawsuits to follow:

1. Wells Fargo is defending its mortgage refinancing practices in a California class action lawsuit. Plaintiffs in the suit allege the banking giant complicated the refinance process in the midst of the recession forcing homeowners into unnecessary foreclosure.

2. Homeowners in Connecticut with failing foundations have formed a class action alleging more than 100 insurers denied homeowner claims for defective concrete foundations. The suit is moving forward despite claims the installation was faulty and not due to defective material.

3. Roto-Rooter has settled a Minnesota homeowner class action suit over claims it used coercive tactics to manipulate customers into buying services that were unnecessary. The alleged practice, which the company denies, dates back to services received from 2005 to 2011.

4. Atlas Chalet Shingles have been alleged by homeowners in the South, as well as nationwide, to be defective and deteriorate prematurely. The company denies defects in the product though the Chalet shingles have since been discontinued.

5. Nationstar Mortgage has reached a settlement with consumers who alleged the company made unsolicited calls to cell phones in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Nationstar denies the allegations, but nevertheless has settled with customers affected by the practice.

6. Homeowners with Kenmore, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool dishwashers should be aware of a settled class action for models manufactured between October 2000 and January 2006. Some models made during this timeframe are alleged to have a defective mechanism resulting in an increased fire hazard.

7. Gentek Steel Siding, sold under many brand names including: SteelTek, Driftwood Steel, SteelSide Steel, and others, has also reached a settlement in their class action with consumers. Customers allege the siding is defective so as to cause premature deterioration and ‘steel peel’.

8. GAF Timberline Shingles are alleged by homeowners to be made defectively and do not last. The defect in production leads the product to prematurely wear, crack, split, and tear. Homeowners who purchased one of two types of Timberline shingles between 1998 and 2009 may be eligible for replacement or cash payment.

9. CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding has also settled with homeowners who allege the siding in question is prone to failure and premature deterioration. The settlement covers particular styles of CertainTeed products purchased prior to November 2013.

10. A lawsuit against Uponor Brass Pipe Fittings covering homeowners whose building was constructed after December 2001 has settled after accusations from homeowners that the brass fittings were improperly designed and manufactured leading to premature corrosion. This class settlement was the result of two separate lawsuits, one specifically for residents affected in the state of Nevada. A sticker on the building’s electrical panel for “Wirsbo”, “Uponor”, or Aquapex” can identify if the brass pipe fittings are the type covered by the settlement.

Even if this class action list does not specifically apply to your home or your state, these cases are representative of larger fraud, manufacturing defects, and privacy breaches for which recourse may be available in your home state; and remember, this class action list is not exhaustive–if you have a problem relating to homeownership it may be worth your effort to find out whether you are covered by a class action lawsuit or settlement.