Fraud Claims Trimmed From GAF Faulty Shingles MDL

Law360, New York (May 1, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT) -- A South Carolina federal judge on Tuesday pared down a pair of class actions in multidistrict litigation accusing roofing materials manufacturer GAF Materials Corp. of making defective shingles, throwing out negligence and fraud allegations while allowing breach of warranty claims to move forward.

U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs cited the Pennsylvania's economic loss doctrine and Virginia's five-year statute of repose in dismissing key elements of two suits targeting GAF's Timberline Ultra shingles for allegedly containing a latent defect that caused the product to prematurely crack....
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