The ongoing class action lawsuit between David Cox and Chrysler has been settled. According to U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni’s order, Fiat Chrysler automobiles (FCA) has agreed to pay attorney’s fees, costs and an incentive reward separately from the class member’s injunctive relief.
According to Judge Bongiovanni, the class members (plaintiffs) will be awarded $350,000 for attorneys’ fees and $128,873.79 for costs. The Court also approved the $4,000 incentive award that will be paid by FCA and given to Cox.
The lawsuit against Chrysler, was filed in 2014 by Cox, who alleged the manufacturer was negligent in disclosing to owners that regular maintenance is needed on the sunroof drain tubes of affected vehicles. The Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town and Country and Chrysler 300, from model years 2009 to present were named in the class action complaint.
Both parties came close to a settlement in November 2019. However there were additional motion hearings prior to the final settlement being ordered. FCA previously stated it has no objections to the financial relief the plaintiffs sought after.
In his class action complaint, Cox stated that he had owned a 2010 Jeep Patriot for less than a year before the sunroof began leaking, which damaged the interior.
“Cox brought his vehicle in to the Chrysler dealer’s service department to service the sunroof leak immediately. The Chrysler dealer replaced the radio and cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes,” a portion of his complaint reads.
According to court documents, Cox’s sunroof continued to leak after the dealer cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes. In June 2013 Cox brought his vehicle into the Chrysler service department again. This time Chrysler allegedly refused to repair the sunroof leak under the warranty. It stated that clogged drain tubes is a maintenance problem and does not fall under its warranty.
According to the class action complaint, Cox claims he was never told by Chrysler that the vehicle’s sunroof drain tubes would need routine maintenance. Chrysler responded by denying most of the allegations that were made against the company.