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Ford Freestyle Surging Class Action Lawsuit

Ford Freestyle Class Action Lawsuit

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. 

Case Status

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.

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Our auto lawyers are interested in hearing from you if you own a Freestyle or have experienced this problem. Please fill out the form on the right or call toll-free at (866) 981-4800 if you have any questions about the lawsuit or would like periodic email updates about the case.

Why Girard Gibbs?

Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, whistleblowers, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.

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