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Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. Wins Summary Judgment

November 18, 2014

On November 18, 2014, Lightfoot attorneys obtained summary judgment in the United States District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands on all claims asserted against Great Southern Wood Preserving, Incorporated, in a lawsuit relating to pressure treated lumber. This was the first of many homeowner claims pending in the U.S. Virgin Islands to be ruled upon by the court. Plaintiffs alleged that Great Southern improperly treated wood for an exporter, who then sold the wood to a retailer on St. John. Plaintiffs further alleged that the wood was used in their home and is experiencing premature rot and deterioration as a result of the improper treatment. The complaint made claims for breach of warranty, negligence, strict liability, and deceptive trade practices. The Court determined that Great Southern gave no warranties with the wood and that all of plaintiffs’ claims were barred by the statute of limitations. Great Southern was represented by Lightfoot attorneys Lee Hollis, Drew Kelly and John Baker.

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