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Masonite ChimneySiding Claims Assistance

This site is designed to help homeowners apply for the various siding settlements, such as Masonite Hardboard, Masonite Omniboard, LP siding,  ABTCO/ABITIBI-PRICE and  Weyerhaeuser.

NEW:
Download "Applying for Hardboard Siding Settlements" An easy guide to help homeowners identify the siding brand and how to avoid problems with the application process.


Current News and Updates
June 2003 A list of Complaints about the inspecton process and claims process.

May 25, 2001 Masonite Drops Hardboard Siding   A rash of class-action lawsuits against manufacturers of hardboard siding has saddled the material with a reputation for buckling, swelling, and other moisture-induced problems. Those chickens now appear to be coming home to roost. Citing a 40% decline in hardboard's overall market share in the past five years, the Masonite Corporation has stopped production of all hardboard siding products.

Jan 16, 2000 Added damage pictures to the ABTCO settlement page.

Jan 16, 2000 Accordingto the attorneys representing the homeowners, the Weyernaeuser settlement applications are "at the printers" and should be available soom.

Jan 16, 2000 The Weyernaeuser settlement was approved late Dec. Has anyone received their applications yet?

Jan 07, 2000 Posted a sample of ABTco siding from NC.

Jan 8, 2000 Added a complete new section for the Lousiana Pacific  Siding Settlement. 

Jan 8, 2000 Added a complete new section for the ABTCO Siding Settlement. 

Jan 8, 2000 Added a complete new section for the Weyerhaeuser Siding Settlement

Dec 26, 2000 Posted a picture of the Champion symbol on the siding markings page.

Dec 26, 2000 Posted a Frequently Asked Questions section for the Weyerheauser Settlement. Updated as needed.

Dec 22, 2000 Coming next week: ABTCO siding identification pictures and inspection procedures from the "official" independent claims inspection manual.. 

Dec 22, 2000 Coming next week: A complete NEW section for the Weyerhaeuser Settlement which should have been approved Dec 21. This section will include identification pictures, FAQ, homeowners comments, and an application in PDF format. Phone lines as of today are down. See the website at www.weyerclaims.com.

Nov 27, 2000 Added a picture of the Weyerhaeuser stamp to the siding identification page.

Sept 29, 2000 Added a list of markings by the American Hardboard Association for the variousl manufacturers and plant locations.

Sept 12, 2000 Added a list of complaints homeowners have had with the Masonite settlement process and how to avoid them.

Sept 8, 2000 Added examples of what is considered "damaged" siding.

Aug 26, 2000 HomeOwners for Better Building objects to the proposed national ABTCO siding settlement. "A Review of the ABTCO Hardboard Siding Settlement by John R. Cobarruvias"

Aug 17, 2000 Weyerhaeuser Claims site has opened. Visit www.weyerclaims.com for information concerning the weyerhaeuser settlement. HomeOwners for Better Building will be reviewing the settlement. Look for a complete guide to filing claims on this site soon!

July 24, 2000 HomeOwners for Better Building will be reviewing the Weyerhaeuser settlement. 

July 20, 2000 "Weyerhaeuser plan OK'd; settlement puts no limits on liability"  by Drew DeSilver Seattle Times business reporter A California judge yesterday gave preliminary approval to an agreement settling a class-action lawsuit against Weyerhaeuser over defective house siding. (HomeOwners for Better Building will review the proposed settlement.)

July 20, 2000 "Weyerhaeuser poised to settle massive suit over bad siding" by Drew DeSilver Seattle Times business reporter Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the West could be compensated by Weyerhaeuser for defective hardboard siding under a nationwide settlement proposal  announced yesterday. The proposal would settle a class-action lawsuit filed two years ago in California, but Seattle attorney Christopher Brain said it also would apply to claims against Weyerhaeuser in other states. (FYI: Christopher Brain was the attorney involved in the LP siding suit. See the Wall Strteet Journal Article)

July 17, 2000 HomeOwners for Better Building objects to the proposed national ABTCO siding settlement. "A Review of the ABTCO Hardboard Siding Settlement by John R. Cobarruvias"

June 3, 2000 Added  an article in the Wall Street Journal about the LP siding settlement. "The L-P siding, a concoction of wood scraps and resins, was installed on  about 800,000 homes around the country from 1985 to 1995. It warped  prematurely, rotted in wet weather and sprouted mushrooms and other fungus.  Lawsuits sprouted as well, although L-P contended the problems stemmed  mostly from faulty installation." Richard B. Schmitt, Wall Street Journal



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