According to John Black, home and business owners may want to inspect their windows. Freed & Weiss has been leading the charge in a faulty product class action suit naming Pella Corporation and Pella Widows and Doors. When the intermediate federal appellate court upheld the lower court’s class certification, reports John Black, the decision covered the ProLine series, the 250 series and the 450 series of Pella windows. “If you have these kinds of windows,” comments John Black, “you may want to check for wood rot.”
John Black states that the class action suit alleges that the aluminum cladding around the window masks water damage causing wood rot. Some homeowners have had to replace their windows, according to John Black. Other homeowners who have the faulty windows, adds John Black, have wood rot and have not yet replaced the windows. “Then we are aware of other individuals who have neither wood rot nor have replaced the windows, but, unfortunately, may be in for a big shock once they realize the extent of the problem,” comments John Black.
John Black explains that two classes were certified by the district court and then upheld by the appellate court. The first class, points out John Black, is a national declaratory judgment that groups together those who have not experienced any wood rot from the alleged defect and those who have experienced rot but have not replaced their windows. The second consumer fraud class certified by the court, says John Black, consists of individuals who had wood rot and who have already been forced to replace the faulty windows. John Black states that this second class encompasses the states of California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.
A “declaratory judgment,” explains John Black in reference to the first class, is issued by a court that identifies specific rights or privileges of parties involved. Declaratory judgments are considered final and binding, notes John Black, without specific orders on how the parties are to proceed. John Black said that the plaintiffs currently await a decision by the United States Supreme Court as to whether they will review the case, as Pella has requested.
While waiting, John Black said, Freed & Weiss continues its investigation concerning ProLine widows and other window complaints. John Black invites individuals who own Pella windows and are dealing with wood rot issues to directly contact Freed & Weiss toll free at (866) 779-9610. “It is critical that we know just how far reaching this problem extends,” states John Black. John Black says he believes that companies have a responsibility to uphold their promises to customers and not put defective products into the stream of commerce. If they do not, according to John Black, then consumers need to be aware and take action.
For more information on the continuing class action lawsuit against Pella Corporation led by Freed & Weiss, please go to http://www.freedweiss.com/Pella-ProLine-Windows-Investigation.shtml.
About John Black
John Black believes that companies have the obligation to treat fairly, serve and protect their customers. When they do not, John Black has served successfully as a voice for those who have been wronged. A founding partner of Freed & Weiss, John Black has been lead and co-lead counsel on many high profile class action suits totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for clients.
Educated at Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, John Black was a member of the Indiana Law Journal and the honorary society of the Order of COIF, graduating magna cum laude. As a member of the Northern District Trial Bar, John Black is admitted to general legal practice in the State of Illinois, United States District Courts for Northern and Southern Illinois and United States District Court of Eastern Michigan. As well, John Black has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in several federal courts including New Jersey, Idaho, New Mexico, California, and Florida. Considered an expert in the field, John Black has litigated numerous class action suits in state and federal courts.
The published opinions of John Black are too numerous to enumerate. Included in the list are Harper v. LG Electronics USA, Inc., Waudby v. Verizon Wireless Services LLC, Kinkel v. Cingular Wireless, Carey v. Kerr McGee Chemical Company and Pella Corp. v. Saltzman. Under the leadership of John Black, Freed & Weiss have recovered over $230 million dollars for clients in class action and MDL litigation. Many of theses cases included Fortune 500 companies with names such as Best Buy, AOL, Chase and Verizon.
John Black and Freed & Weiss have been the forefront leaders of raising awareness concerning fraudulent reimbursement practices of insurance companies. Through the means of class action, John Black obtained millions of dollars in relief for clients of auto insurers. As well, under the oversight of John Black, Freed & Weiss have fought to protect medical providers against fraudulent out of network reductions. Dedicated to the interests of medical professionals and their ability to provide quality healthcare, John Black continues with pending litigation against Aetna, Cigna, and WellPoint.
The April 2003 edition of National Law Journal featured John Black in their article, “Class Actions: The Battle Heats Up.” The National Law Journal published a sequel to the April article with another feature on the topic of Illinois class action suits. John Black has been an honored guest lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Chicago School of Law at Loyola University.
Prior to being a founding partner of Freed & Weiss, John Black practiced law in Seattle, Washington. While working in Seattle, for then Hagens & Berman, his exclusive focus was on plaintiff consumer class action cases.
John Black resides with his wife of 13 years, Jamie. In addition to being a husband, and father of two boys, he enjoys traveling, snorkeling, gardening, photography (many of his photos can be viewed at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/paul-weiss.html) and arcade gaming.
To contact John Black at Freed & Weiss, or to speak with an attorney at Freed & Weiss, visit their website online at http://freedweiss.com or call 866-779-9610.