In May of 2017, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the Mercedes-Benz Vehicle AC Mold class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers in federal court in Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA over complaints that various Mercedes vehicles, dating as far back as the 1999 model year through to the present, have a serious design defect that causes the air conditioning system to accumulate mold and mildew, spewing extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles any time the air system is in use.
In December of 2018 a federal judge denied Mercedes-Benz’s motion to dismiss the vehicle mold defects case, finding that the plaintiffs’ had sufficiently pled their claims against the luxury vehicle manufacturer based on allegations that defective heating and air conditioning systems in a wide range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles accumulate mold and mildew that gets pushed through the vehicle cabins when the HVAC systems are operating, rendering the vehicles unusable.
Lieff Cabraser partner and lead case attorney Annika K. Martin was featured in a January 11, 2019 WSB-TV news report on the case, further alerting consumers to the continuing issues associated with the Mercedes-Benz AC Mold lawsuit. “This is a real, ongoing, constant problem for people that own Mercedes and who were promised a luxury high quality vehicle and instead got a vehicle that blows mold in their faces,” notes Martin.
Contact a National Defective Products Attorney
If you own a Mercedes-Benz vehicle and have experienced unpleasant odors coming from the air conditioning/comfort control system, we would like to hear about your experience. Please contact an automotive defect attorney at Lieff Cabraser by filling out the contact form through the case page.
The information you provide will be important in helping us hold Mercedes-Benz accountable for the alleged defects in its vehicles and any fraud or other misconduct relating thereto. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your complaint.
About Annika K. Martin
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation concerning consumer fraud, environmental issues, and products liability. In April 2018, Annika was named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the national consumer fraud class action MDL against General Motors Company on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air conditioning system. Annika is also currently representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California.
Annika represented individuals, property owners, and business owners across the Gulf Coast in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies responsible for the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Annika was deeply involved in negotiating, implementing, and gaining court approval for the economic and medical class action settlements with BP that are compensating hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy.
Annika has also represented plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries arising from GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, and patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication. Annika is the current co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.