28:1331 Fed. Question
A California federal judge has rejected a bid by Ford Motor Co. to nix thousands of opt-out notices by Fiesta and Focus drivers in a class action settlement over allegedly defective transmissions, saying that while some advertising presented by lawyers in an attempt to solicit opt-outs borders on misleading, invalidation is not warranted.
Two law firms representing thousands of Ford Fiesta and Focus drivers who opted out of a class action settlement over allegedly defective transmissions told a California federal court Saturday that the automaker’s claims that they misled their clients in order to get them to opt out are baseless and defamatory.
A California federal judge on Wednesday put his final stamp of approval on a class action settlement between Ford Focus and Fiesta drivers and the automaker, overruling objectors and ending a five-year-old lawsuit over allegedly defective transmissions.
Ford took aim Monday at two law firms representing about 12,500 Fiesta and Focus drivers, claiming they misled their clients in an effort to get them to opt out of a proposed settlement over allegedly defective transmissions.
Nearly 12,500 Ford Fiesta and Focus owners with allegedly defective transmissions have opted out of a proposed settlement and plan to sue the automaker within the next month, Stern Law PLLC said Wednesday.
A group of owners and lessees of Ford Motor Co.'s Fiesta and Focus vehicles with allegedly faulty PowerShift transmissions asked a California federal judge Tuesday to reject a proposed settlement they claim allows attorneys and named plaintiffs to pocket substantial benefits while giving short shrift to large portions of the class.
A proposed class of drivers who purchased or leased Ford Motor Co.'s Fiesta and Focus vehicles with allegedly faulty PowerShift transmissions asked a California federal judge Monday to grant final approval of their settlement with the automaker.
Ford Motor Co. has agreed to provide “substantial cash payments” and other benefits to the owners of about 1.5 million of its Fiesta and Focus models that had to be repaired due to allegedly malfunctioning transmissions, the proposed class said Friday.