On December 17, 2019, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order granting final approval of a class action settlement in a lawsuit filed in 2013 against Ford Motor Company involving the software malfunctions of its on-board infotainment system, MyFord Touch®. Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP (CSK&D) was co-lead counsel for a class comprising purchasers of upwards of 560,000 Ford and Lincoln automobiles sold before August 9, 2013 in the following states: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington. The software problems were alleged to have affected the safety, reliability, and operability of the vehicles. After more than five years of litigation, including extensive motion practice and discovery, and the imminent commencement of trial, the parties engaged in court-supervised settlement negotiations and ultimately reached a settlement that provided class members with several recovery options depending on their experiences and out-of-pocket costs incurred in dealing with the MFT problems.
A copy of the Court’s order granting final approval to the settlement is available here. The settlement agreement can be viewed here and the class notice here.