On July 25, 2013, Judge Leighton, USDC Judge for the Western District of Washington, granted preliminary approval of a proposed consumer class action case involving Werner pull-down attic ladders. The proposed settlement would provide approximately 300,000 consumers with a new attic ladder to replace the allegedly defective Werner pull-down ladders. Werner Co. would send replacement ladders to each consumer at no cost. Based upon the average retail cost of the new replacement ladders, the proposed settlement represents approximately $48,000,000 in value to the consumer class. Consumers can obtain more information at www.atticladdersettlement.com. Class counsel are attorneys Kim Stephens of Tousley Brain Stephens; Frank Watson and William Burns of Watson Burns, PLLC; Paul Peel and Malcolm B. Futhey, III of Farris Bobango, PLC; and Stewart Matthews of S.D. Matthews and Associates.
UPDATE: Final approval was granted on November 22, 2013.