Ford PowerShift Buyer Has 'Tough Row To Hoe,' Judge Says

By Lauren Berg (March 12, 2021, 10:26 PM EST) -- A consumer who says the Ford Motor Co. sold him a Fiesta with a faulty DPS6 "PowerShift" transmission might have a "tough row to hoe" in his argument that the claims were filed in a timely manner, a California federal judge said during a hearing Friday.

From his courtroom in downtown Los Angeles during a remote hearing, U.S. District Judge André Birotte Jr. indicated that he was inclined to grant Ford's motion for summary judgment in Jeff K. Hobart's lawsuit, which is part of multidistrict litigation targeting the automaker's allegedly defective DPS6 transmission systems, noting Ford's argument that Hobart filed his...

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