Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, was named the new class counsel in a federal class action lawsuit regarding allegedly defective Pella windows.
U.S. District Court Judge James B. Zagel appointed Clifford as lead class counsel on Sept. 15 citing his “demonstrated skills in the field.” George K. Lang of Rolling Meadows was appointed to serve as co-counsel.
In another case, Clifford represents more than 1,000 people who were affected by the data breach involving at least four million patients of Advocate Medical Group. He also is involved in comprehensive litigation regarding General Motors ignition switch problems, complex food mislabeling cases out of California and Target’s data breach affecting more than 110 million customers. Clifford also served as liaison counsel in the litigation involving insurance companies and business interests following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Towers that resulted in a $1.2 billion settlement in 2012.
In his order regarding Pella, Judge Zagel wrote that “Messrs. Clifford and Lang will best serve the interests of the class.” In 2013, Judge Zagel approved a supposed $90 million settlement involving defective Pella aluminum-clad windows that leaked, resulting in premature wood rot and other damage to buildings. The Seventh Circuit rejected that figure in rejecting the settlement.
“The homes of millions of Pella consumers are affected by the windows at issue, and we are privileged to advocate on behalf of those consumers,” said Shannon McNulty, partner at Clifford Law Offices also handling the matter. “The litigation team leading this case will vigorously protect the consumers’ rights.” McNulty further clarified that the Seventh Circuit did not dismiss the case but did reject the settlement terms for which approval had been sought prior to the appointment of Clifford and Lang.
The case, Saltzman et al. v. Pella Corp, et al., 1:06-cv-04481, is now being led by Clifford and Lang in the Northern District of Illinois.