BMW Escapes $85M Mini Cooper Pump Class Action

Law360, San Diego (October 6, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday tossed an $85 million putative class action accusing BMW of North America LLC of concealing defective water pumps in some Mini Cooper vehicles, ruling the plaintiff only vaguely alleged BMW knew about the defects.

U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow granted BMW's motion to dismiss the suit after finding plaintiff Trish Herremans didn't properly state a claim under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act or California's Unfair Competition Law. Herremans referenced internal testing, records of customer complaints, dealership repair records and other internal sources, but gave no information about when BMW supposedly knew about the faulty...

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