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

Sep 9, 2002

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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