Judge Backs Certifying Narrower Class In Toyota HVAC Suit

Law360 (August 13, 2021, 10:15 PM EDT) — A federal magistrate in Florida has recommended consumers who accuse Toyota and a regional distributor of hiding allegedly faulty HVAC [heating, ventilation and air conditioning] systems in certain Camry models may proceed on a class action basis if they limit their class definition to those who purchased their vehicle from authorized Toyota dealers.

The review proposed by Miami-based U.S. Magistrate Judge Lauren F. Louis in her report and recommendation on Thursday led the judge to recommend, but not named, the appointment of named plaintiffs Javier Cardenas and Rodney Baker as group representatives. Plaintiff Michelle Monge, who bought her Camry from an unauthorized…

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