BMW Loses Bid To Sanction Consumer For Altering Vehicle

Law360, Newark (November 7, 2019, 2:08 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday knocked down BMW's sanctions bid over a consumer's alterations to his M3 vehicle, challenging the relevance of the changes' effects on the consumer's proposed class action claiming a defect in the cars could lead to catastrophic engine failure.

During a hearing in Newark, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre rejected BMW of North America LLC's request to dismiss plaintiff David Afzal's claims or disqualify him as a class representative for replacing his tires and wheels ahead of the automaker's inspection last December and for making other modifications to the vehicle in recent years....

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