Local building owners with potentially flammable cladding are being urged to join a class action suit for damages from the makers. Close up view of the exterior of the Grenfell Tower block of flats in which 72 people lost their lives in a fire. Photo: 123RF Law firm Russel McVeagh and Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham are taking the claim and will pay for any property owners to have their buildings checked for the potentially fatal cladding. “The NZ class action will also be a product liability claim against certain manufacturers of Alucobond and Vitrabond PE core cladding products,” IMF Bentham said in a statement. “It is anticipated the investigation will lead to the New Zealand class action commencing by 31 December 2019.” Aluminium composite panels with a plastic core were blamed for London’s Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 72 people. An initial investigation of 300 buildings by Auckland Council has found 147 of them had the panels, with varying levels of fire risk, while the Christchurch City Council found 46 buildings with the panels. Buildings with the riskiest panels included parts of Auckland Hospital, Auckland University, commerci...