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Leaky Home Lawsuit Targets Cladding Manufacturers

Adina Thorn law firm has announced that with backing from Harbour Litigation Funding, they can progress a class action lawsuit against manufacturers of defective plastic cladding used in leaky homes. The damages to be claimed in the proposed class action are likely to exceed NZ$100M.

The cladding has been installed in thousands of buildings across New Zealand and Thorn has already had more than 1200 leaky home owners register to be part of the case. Most can’t afford to fix the problem and are living in leaky, mouldy homes that can pose a significant health hazard.

Having secured an agreement in principle for funding from Europe's largest litigation funder, Thorn says there would be no out-of-pocket cost to home owners in joining the action. Fees and costs were likely to be between 30-40 per cent of any payout awarded, however if the case did not succeed, home owners would pay nothing.

Adina Thorn says she has had calls about polystyrene, Harditex, Monotek and Titan cladding, and that while no defendants have been named in the class action yet, most claims involve products from Australian manufacturer James Hardie.

Thorn is still encouraging owners of plaster clad buildings to register through the website and hopes the class action will be formally lodged at the Auckland High Court in the next few months.

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