Court Certifies Nine State Classes in MyFord Touch Litigation

On September 14, 2016, the Honorable Edward M. Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part and denied in part Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification. This suit was brought on behalf of owners and lessees of Ford and Lincoln vehicles equipped with MyFord Touch®, an in-car communication and entertainment package. Chimicles & Tikellis is one of four firms serving as lead counsel for the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs claim that Ford knowingly sold vehicles with MyFord Touch systems that were defective, and put drivers at risk of an accident. Of Plaintiffs’ proposed twelve state-wide classes, the Court certified classes from the following nine states: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. In certifying the class, the Court acknowledged that Plaintiffs argued that the “primary defects of which they complain were caused by faults in the base software, and that this base software was the same throughout each version of the MFT” and “Plaintiffs have presented evidence that Ford did not meaningfully fix the MFT, at least with regard to the problems of which Plaintiffs complain.”

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