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PROPERTY OWNERS ASSERT CLAIMS FOR DEFECTIVE SIDING IN CLASS ACTION INVOLVING STIMSON (FORESTEX) HARDBOARD SIDING

SEATTLE, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A King County, Washington Superior Court judge has certified for class action treatment a lawsuit concerning Stimson Lumber Corporation's (Forestex) Hardboard Siding, a composite wood siding product.

The lawsuit alleges that Stimson committed unfair and deceptive practices in the marketing of Forestex siding, including failure to disclose concerns regarding its performance and reliability. Trial is set for August,
2003. The lawsuit seeks relief for all owners of buildings with Stimson Forestex Series 400 or 500 siding in the states of Washington, Oregon, California,
Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii whose siding was installed after January 1, 1985.

Property owners can determine whether they have Forestex siding by asking their builder, checking the manufacturer information stamped on the back of
the siding, or taking a sample to a building supply store.  The Court has appointed the law firms of Sandler Ahern & McConaughy PLLC; Levy, Ram & Olson LLP; Berding & Weil LLP and Cunningham, Bounds, Yance, Crowder & Brown as Class Counsel.

Persons who think they are affected by this pending class action can obtain complete information by calling 1-877-577-8878, or visiting the website
at http://www.stimsonclaims.com.

SOURCE Sandler Ahern & McConaughy PLLC
Web Site: http://www.stimsonclaims.com

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