Ford Explorer Owners Win Class Cert. In Exhaust Fume Row

By Dani Meyer (October 8, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge agreed Wednesday to certify a class of Florida drivers alleging Ford Motor Co. used a defective exhaust system that exposes passengers to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, rejecting the automaker's objections that the certification requirements weren't met.

U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas agreed with Ford in an order filed Wednesday that Angela Sanchez-Knutson can't use a straight arithmetic damages model to support the predominancy requirement, but found an alternative damages model acceptable and approved class certification.

"The court accepts plaintiff's proffered expert's proposed conjoint analysis damages model for purposes of class certification, finding that it is...

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