Quantum Legal LLC is currently prosecuting a class action lawsuit against Pella Corporation and Pella Windows and Doors, Inc. involving ProLine aluminum clad windows. Pella's ProLine windows contain an alleged design defect that allows water to enter the window sash, causing wood rot and necessitating costly window replacement. Because of the ProLine window's design, any wood rot is usually concealed by the aluminum cladding. As a result, homeowners may not discover the problems with Pella ProLine windows until it has reached an advanced stage, requiring replacement of the entire window and frame.
On May 20, 2010, the federal appellate court based in Chicago affirmed the class certification granted by a Chicago federal district court in a class action lawsuit against Pella Corporation. The court's order covers Pella's ProLine series of windows, which suffer from a design flaw that has resulted in widespread failures. The class action also covers the "250 Series" and "450 Series" windows sold through major retailers such as Lowe's.
A copy of the order affirming class certification can be found through the following link: 7th Circuit Opinion Affirming Class Certification.
On January 18, 2011, the US Supreme Court decided that it won't stop the class action suit against Pella. A copy of the Supreme Court's order denying certiorari can be found through the following link: US Supreme Court Denies Certiorari. An article about the Supreme Court's decision can be found through the following link: Court won't stop class-action suit against Pella.
Specifically, two classes were certified. One national declaratory judgment class which includes those whose windows have not manifested the alleged defect, rot, and those whose windows have some wood rot but have not yet been replaced. The second consumer fraud class consists of those who have replaced their rotted windows in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.
The suit alleges that Pella ProLine aluminum-clad, Architect and Designer Series windows and doors are prone to water penetration resulting in rotting of the internal wood frame beneath the aluminum cladding. Wood rot requires replacement of the window sash and/or frame. Because of the aluminum cladding, such damage is not always visible to the homeowner. However, as discussed above, the court's class certification order only covers ProLine series windows.
Quantum Legal LLC is continuing its investigation of Pella's Architect and Designer Series windows, which are part of the original lawsuit. If you own Architect or Designer Series windows and have wood rot problems with them, please contact us to update your information.
If you have Pella ProLine Casement, Awning, and Transom windows manufactured from 1991-2006, please visit the settlement website.
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