Robbie Hargett Aug. 12, 2015, 2:21pm


MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - A Maple Grove, Minn., couple are suing two home exterior companies, alleging they sold defective siding.

Brian Jacobs and Diane Jacobs, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit June 30 in Hennepin County Fourth Judicial District Court against ProVia Door Inc. and Minnesota Exteriors Inc., alleging breach of warranty, negligence, consumer fraud, unlawful and deceptive trade practices, false advertising and fraudulent concealment.

The defendants recently removed the case to federal court.

According to the complaint, Minnesota Interiors installed Heartland CedarMAX Siding by ProVia on the plaintiffs' Maple Grove home. Both defendants' websites say Heartland CedarMAX Siding is the "No. 1 recommended" siding, but the complaint alleges the siding is defective and does not perform under foreseeable weather conditions as warranted and represented.

The lawsuit states the defendants continue to make false representations and warranties when selling the siding to the public, despite the product causing consumers property damage and removal and replacement costs before the end of the siding's warranted life.

The complaint also alleges the defendants' personnel have known about Heartland CedarMAX Siding's defects but have concealed the fact from consumers.

Brian and Diane Jacobs seek an order requiring the defendants to initiate a warning campaign, conduct further testing and refrain from making unlawful representations about warranty claims. They also seek compensatory damages, plus court costs.

They are represented by attorneys T. Joesph Snodgrass, Shawn M. Raiter and Kelly A. Lelo of Larson King in St. Paul, Minn..

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota case number 0:15-cv-03230-DWF-TNL.

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