Class Action Over Maibec Shingle Defects Trimmed

Law360, New York (November 6, 2012, 4:25 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Monday dismissed five counts from a putative class action alleging Canadian manufacturer Maibec Inc. sold wood shingles that warped and cracked despite extensive warranties, finding negligence and strict liability claims were barred by the economic loss rule.

Under that doctrine, a purchaser such as named plaintiff Ilene Stern can't seek tort recovery against a manufacturer for a contractually based economic loss, U.S. Judge Peter Sheridan ruled. Stern contends the company's shingles fail well before the end of the company’s 50-year...
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