In 1994 Judy Naef along with other home owners across the country filed the Masonite Class Action lawsuit that came to be known as the case of Naef, et.al. V. Masonite Copr.,et.al. No. CV944033. Ms. Naef brought the case against Masonite based on all Masonite Hardboard Siding that had been installed between January 1, 1980 and January 15, 1998. The Masonite Class Action lawsuit lasted from 1994 to January 15, 1998.
The Masonite Class Action lawsuit was brought up on the basis of faulty product by Masonite. Ms. Naef and others claimed Masonite was negligent, breached express warranties, and fraud. It was said that siding manufactured by Masonite on or after January 1, 1980 will rot, buckle, deteriorate, discolor and damage other parts of the said building it was installed into.
On November 15, 1995 the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama declared the Masonite Class Action lawsuit official. As the Masonite Class Action lawsuit was official a notice was published and “Class Members” were given the ability to opt out of the suit if they so desired. “Class Members” are defined as people or businesses who own property where Masonite siding has been installed in the period of January 1, 1980 up to January 15, 1998.
In August of 1996 the first part of the Masonite Class Action lawsuit took place to define what defective meant. At the close of the first part of the Masonite Class Action lawsuit it was decided that in some states the Plaintiff: Masonite, was covered and in some cases the Defendant: Class Members were covered. At the end of the first part of the Masonite Class Action lawsuit there was no definition of what the settlement should be.
On January 15, 1998 the settlement of the Masonite Class Action lawsuit was determined. The Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama settled on a compromise of action to be taken on behalf of the Defendants: Masonite. The Masonite Class Action lawsuit was a large trial to make sure that the consumer is not being treated poorly or to poor product by the Masonite Corporation. Masonite held firm that their product was not faulty.