Volvo Cars of North America LLC and Volvo Car Corporation fought back in federal court against a renewed motion for class certification in its ongoing legal battle centered on alleged defective sunroofs for select models that has gone on for more than a decade, according to court documents.
The class action suit was filed on behalf of a number of plaintiffs, against the defendant Volvo.
Volvo’s attorneys note the New Jersey Federal Court and the Third Circuit have repeatedly rejected the plaintiffs’ certification efforts for “failure to satisfy predominance, ascertainability and (most recently) numerosity requirements over the past decade.”
Volvo says the plaintiffs have yet to prove they have all of the requirements to continue the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs’ fifth renewed motion seeks to certify two subclasses in California, Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey. One consists of those who purchased certain model and model year vehicles from a Volvo dealership and who still own the vehicles as of an unspecified future date tied to a class certification order.
“But because membership is determined at some future point in time, plaintiffs cannot establish numerosity [a numerous amount]. The only evidence plaintiffs have offered stops at June 20, 2020, and is now old. Who knows how stale that evidence will be six months or a year from now? The vehicles in the proposed subclasses, which range from nine to 17 years old, are being sold or scrapped with each passing day,” a portion of Volvo’s opposition memorandum reads.
“After more than a decade of failed attempts, the court should deny plaintiffs’ renewed motion with prejudice because plaintiffs have not met their burden of providing all requirements,” Volvo said in its opposition memorandum.
The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2010 by Joanne Neale, alleged Volvo was responsible for defective sunroofs that caused water leaks in certain models. A new deposition was then added to the class action suit in 2018 by Kelly McGary, who claimed she has not experienced any issues with the sunroof even after leaving her vehicle parked outside, exposing it to various weather conditions.
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