New stipulations and court dates have been set for an ongoing class action lawsuit centered on alleged defective sunroofs for select Volvo models.
The class action suit was filed on behalf of Plaintiffs Joanne Neale, Keri Hay, Kelly McGary, Svein A. Berg, Gregory P. Burns, David Taft, Jeffery Kruger, and Karen Collopy, and the defendants Volvo Cars of North America LLC and Volvo Car Corporation.
In mid-June the Court directed the plaintiffs to serve (but not file) their renewed motion for class certification by July 15, 2020. After the renewed motion was served both parties were to meet and confer.
According to the document, both parties have agreed to the following:
- Plaintiff’s expert, Charles Lawson, shall provide the discoverable portion of his expert file to Volvo’s counsel not later than July 31, 2020 and the deposition shall take place not later than August 30, 2020;
- Volvo shall serve any expert reports responding to Lawson’s opinions not later than September 10, 2020 and experts depose by September 30;
- Volvo shall serve (but not file) its opposition on October 16, 2020; and
- Plaintiffs shall file their renewed motion for class certification, Volvo’s opposition thereto, Plaintiffs’ reply, and any supporting papers on October 30, 2020.
The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2010 by Joanne Neale, where she 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 its sunroof even after leaving her vehicle parked outside, exposing it to various weather conditions.
When questioned about ever noticing any leaks herself, by her mechanic or by her staff members who also drive the vehicle, she answered no.
Plaintiffs want a federal judge to certify their proposed class in a new motion. They claim Volvo sold the defective sunroofs that led to interior damage to its vehicles. According to court documents, some Volvo owners noticed excess water inside of their vehicles after their limited warranty period was up.
In April 2020, Volvo defense attorneys filed a letter to the presiding judge urging the court to dismiss subpoenas, filed by the plaintiffs, requesting additional information from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in an ongoing leaking sunroof class action lawsuit.
Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for continued coverage of the suit.