Karen Kenney v. Allura USA, LLC
A $12.5 million settlement has been reached over class action lawsuit’s claims that Plycem USA’s Allura fiber cement siding is defective.
If a customer owns a home with Allura fiber cement siding that was manufactured in Plycem’s White City, Oregon, plant between February 1, 2014, and May 7, 2014, or manufactured in the company’s Roaring River, North Carolina, plant between February 1, 2014, and February 18, 2015, he or she may be eligible to make a claim in this settlement.
The customers can check the back of each board where the date and location of manufacturing can be found.
Members of the class are encouraged to register their intent to file a claim as soon as possible. However, please keep in mind that signing up for the settlement is not the same as filing a claim.
The Class Action Lawsuit
Allura fiber cement siding is prone to breaking, bending, shrinking, cracking, and other defects, as per the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.
Karen Kenney, the lead plaintiff claims that other fiber cement sidings utilize common grain and silica. Allura fiber cement siding, on the other hand, is manufactured with fly ash, a byproduct of power plants burning coal.
This manufacturing process is said to be less expensive than using cement, but it is also said to be the cause of the Allura fiber cement siding defects.
The Karen Kenney Settlement
Despite the company’s assertions that the siding could last 50 years, the plaintiffs alleged that the material choices used in the manufacturing of Allura siding led to water absorption, porosity difficulties, and other consistent flaws.
Meanwhile, the defendants claim that the siding is not defective and performs well when placed properly. However, they have agreed to a settlement to dismiss the class action lawsuit.
Consumers’ claims of “Qualifying Damage” proven by damage not caused by a faulty installation, as well as evidence of property damage purportedly caused by the failure of the Allura fiber cement siding, are covered by the settlement.
Members of the eligible class have three options:
- A repair and replace option that includes compensation for new siding as well as $4.75 per square foot for labor and installation charges.
- There’s also a “quick cash” option that pays $4.25 per square foot for places with qualifying damage.
- A financial option that provides additional labor compensation when evidence of repairs has been made. Only claims for qualified damage that do not exceed 30% of an elevation are eligible for this option. Within 30 days of the claim’s final approval, eligible claimants will get $4.25 per square foot for areas with qualifying damage, as well as $4.25 per square foot for the balance of the elevation within 30 days of submission of authorized proof of replacement of the claimed area.
The deadline to opt-out of the settlement was March 18, 2021. The date for the final approval hearing was set for May 17, 2021.
Moreover, the final approval was already given to the Allura fiber cement siding settlement, and the claim process should begin by the end of June.
Editor’s Note on Allura Fiber Cement Siding Settlement 2021:
This article is published to inform you of the latest approval for the Allura fiber cement siding settlement (Karen Kenney Settlement).
Case Name & No.: Karen Kenney v. Allura USA, Case No. 2:19-mn-2886-DCN, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
Products/Services: Defective Allura fiber cement siding
Allegations: Allura fiber cement siding is allegedly prone to breaking, bending, shrinking, cracking, and other defects, as per the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.
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