A California District Court judge has issued a final ruling in the Billy Glenn v. Hyundai exploding sunroof lawsuit. The court found Hyundai responsible for covering $5.4 million in attorney’s fees as a settlement. The court also stated $5,000 are to be awarded to the six class representatives, also paid for by the automotive maker.
“The court further finds the requested service awards are fair and reasonable, given the time and effort expended by the class representatives on behalf of the class. The six class representatives are hereby awarded $5,000 each, to be paid by [the] defendant [Hyundai] included as part of the $5.4 million attorney’s fee award, not in addition to that award, pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement,” a portion of the final ruling reads.
The court overruled several objections, which include:
- “Hyundai should recall or buy back the class vehicles. Although those remedies could arguably provide benefits beyond those negotiated, the extant settlement constitutes a fair compromise of plaintiffs’ and class members’ claims;
- The extended warranty provided by the settlement should be of longer duration;
- The settlement should include compensation in higher dollar amounts than those that were negotiated;
- Class members should be eligible to receive $200 even if they were not inside their class vehicle when the sunroof shattered;
- Trade-in compensation should be provided to those who traded-in their vehicles before receiving notice of the settlement; and
- Class members should be compensated for time spent on sunroof repairs.”
Glenn filed a complaint against Hyundai four years ago claiming it knowingly sold vehicles that were prone to having its sunroofs explode. According to court documents, Glenn purchased a new 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in September 2014 with a panoramic sunroof. In February 2015, the vehicle had about 10,000 miles and Glenn was driving with his wife and daughter when his sunroof spontaneously shattered. When neither the dealership where he purchased his vehicle, nor Hyundai would cover the costs of repair Glenn filed a claim with his insurance company.
His sunroof shattered again after the original sunroof was replaced. He then filed another claim. Hyundai responded to Glenn’s complaint by denying defect allegations in 2016. The case quickly became a statewide class-action lawsuit, although most of the lawsuit was dismissed in late July 2016, the presiding judge allowed the plaintiffs to move forward with claims of fraud. After several years since the original complaint, the presiding judge scheduled a final hearing prior to giving a ruling.
The District Court judge’s final ruling in this lawsuit found Hyundai responsible for covering $5.4 million in attorney’s fees as a settlement. In addition to $5,000 which is to be awarded to the six class representatives, to also be paid for by the automotive maker.