Pella Faces Class Action Suit in California

May 5, 2009

A California court has certified a suit against the Viking Industries subsidiary of Pella Corp. as a class action, according to the law firm of Eppsteiner & Fiorica.  The suit concerns Viking Series 3000 windows and doors, produced from 1989 through 1999 and in Portland, Ore., and Vacaville, Calif., plants.  Pella acquired Viking in 1998.

A case management hearing for the case was scheduled for yesterday, according to the order issued by the Superior Court of California for San Joaquin County in Stockton. The case claims that Viking breached its express Lifetime Warranty and implied warranties, due to "defects in and leaks caused by Viking's 3000 series windows," according to Eppsteiner & Fiorica. In addition to the Pella subsidiary, the suit is being brought against the Home Depot, which the plaintiffs' attorneys estimate sold approximately 500,000 of the windows. 

Eppsteiner & Fiorica estimate that the class is made up of 100,000 homeowners. The goal of the pending suit, the attorneys state, is to get the defective Viking Series 3000 windows and sliding glass doors repaired or replaced. The San Diego-based firm reports it has been successful in a number of previous construction defect lawsuits against window manufacturers.

Pella did not respond to a request for comment on the case.