Girard Gibbs LLP filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Ford in April 2011 involving the 2005-2007 Ford Freestyle. The lawsuit alleges that Ford sold and leased the Freestyle without warning customers about a problem that causes the Freestyle to surge while idling.
The lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California before Judge Michael M. Anello. The lawsuit is a proposed class action, meaning that if the court allows the suit to proceed as a class action, a successful resolution may benefit not just the named plaintiff, but other Californians who bought or leased a Ford Freestyle as well.
Unfortunately, the trial court ruled in June 2012 that the case could proceed on an individual basis only. We asked the court to reconsider its decision, but the court declined to do so. We then filed a request to appeal the trial court’s decision, and on February 27, 2013, the court of appeals agreed to hear the case.
We will continue to update this web page as there is news to report on the case. You can also fill out the form to the right to receive periodic updates on the case via email. If you live outside of California or are otherwise interested in pursuing a claim on an individual basis, we recommend that you take action promptly (whether by going through small claim’s court, contacting another lawyer, or by taking some other step) because the passage of time can affect your rights. Regardless, if you have spent money on related repairs, we encourage you to save your receipts.
Court documents such as the Order Granting Permission to Appeal and the court’s order denying class certification can be viewed on this webpage.