Ford Touchscreen Classes Certified in Nine States

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By Bruce Kaufman

Sept. 30 — A suit challenging “defective” touchscreens in Ford vehicles has been certified as a class action in nine states ( In re MyFord Touch Consumer Litig. , (Whalen v. Ford Motor Co.), N.D. Cal., No. 3:13-cv-03072, 9/14/16 ).

The suit, set for trial in April 2017, alleges MyFord and MyLincoln touchscreens in numerous Ford vehicles freeze while the vehicle is in motion, fail to respond to voice and touch commands, provide inaccurate GPS information or fail to connect to mobile phones and iPods.

The Northern District of California certified classes Sept. 14 in the following states: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

The classes are sufficiently large, their memberships are readily identifiable and common issues predominate, the court said.

Judge Edward M. Chen declined to certify state classes for Arizona, Iowa and New York, however.

The latter three bids for certification were either withdrawn or didn’t provide the needed specialized proof, the court said.

A separate Sept. 27 order gave litigants until Oct. 13 to challenge or defend the certification order.

Plaintiff attorneys include Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.

Ford’s attorneys include O’Melveny & Myers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Kaufman in Washington at bkaufman@bna.com

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