Dear Fellow Correct Deck sufferers!
Just wanted to post the latest update. We had a rep from CD come to the house. He cleaned the deck with an Armor All solution and then came back a few days later and then applied Deck Defender (new and inproved version). He claimed that it should last a few years. We'll see...has anyone used this combination yet? The best part was the rep doing the work instead of us this time. I think this was probably a result of our letter to the CT State Att. Gen's office.
Regarding the lawsuit, I spoke with my brother who is a lawyer in MA. We would need someone who specializes in class action suits because of the different states involved. I looked up a few names of lawyers in CT who do this type of thing and found several. The class action suits primariy work on a contingency basis, in other words, the lawyers take a percentage of the winnings off the top (usually 25%), however we don't appear to be a big group--hard to tell how many others are out there, so it might be hard to interest someone in taking the case.
The other suggestion from my brother is for individuals to use small claims court in their states. It is inexpensive to file a claim (usually about $30) and the wait time is minimal, no lawyer needed. The disadvantage is that the limit on the claim amount is relatively low and usually would not cover what most people have invested in their decks. For ex., the CT limit is $5,000, probably higher than most states. This would cover most of the cost of material for us, but not the labor (we installed our deck ourselves). He also stated that self-installers might have a problem trying to recoup the hypothetical cost (since no funds were paid out). However, it might give people something at least...
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