As reported by Law360, on Wednesday July 10, 2019, U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. Drain directed that the lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of Ford F-150 pickup truck owners who’ve experienced sudden brake failures in their vehicles should move forward. While discarding some warranty claims in the suit, Judge Drain noted that the plaintiffs’ fraud and reliance claims had been pled sufficiently to overcome the defendant’s request for dismissal.
The putative class action lawsuit was filed after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received more than 200 complaints from Ford F-150 drivers who said the trucks’ brakes suddenly fail without warning during driving.
Drivers allege the brake pedals suddenly push all the way to the floor without stopping the vehicles, and many have described the problem as leading to a complete and total brake failure that can happen while the vehicles are in motion, and can occur repeatedly. The F-150 brakes can apparently suffer total failure after as few as 26,000 miles on the road; this is the issue most-complained about by 2013-2016 F-150 drivers, and repairs can cost as much as $1,800. NHTSA received complaints from F-150 owners and drivers in 38 U.S. states.
Speaking with Law360 on Wednesday, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos who represents the proposed class, noted “We are pleased that the case [against Ford on the F-150 trucks] will proceed largely intact.”
About Mark P. Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mark represents counties and cities across the U.S. as well as Native American tribes and health organizations in the national opioids litigation. He is serving as part of the national case leadership in these cases, including preparing bellwether cases for trial.
Through jury trials, Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client, and overall has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.