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Daikin sued over allegedly defective coils

By Robbie Hargett | Dec 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles woman is suing a heating and air conditioning company over allegedly faulty evaporation coils.

Joanna Park-Kim, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Nov. 6 in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Daikin Industries; Daikin Applied Americas, formerly known as McQuay International; Daikin North America; and Does 1-50; alleging failure to warn, manufacturing defect, design defect, negligence, breach of implied and express warranties, and violations of California statutes.

The evaporation coils in Daikin's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units contain a refrigerant that absorbs heat from the surrounding air.

However, the suit states Daikin's coils fail to properly operate under normal conditions. The copper tubing is susceptible to formicary corrosion, resulting in microscopic holes in the tubing that cause the coils to leak refrigerant and ultimately fail.

The suit states this failure is due to the defendants selecting the wrong alloy, defective manufacturing, and failing to properly ensure the coils will perform for their useful life and are fit for their intended purpose.

Park-Kim and others in the class seek general and special damages, restitution, injunctive relief, punitive damages, and costs and expenses, including attorney fees. They are represented by attorneys Graham B. LippSmith, Jaclyn L. Anderson, and Kenneth S. Kasdan of Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner in Los Angeles and Irvine, California.

The defendant filed Dec. 9 to have the case removed to the Central District of California federal court because the class members are citizens of different states, the number of members in the class exceeds 100, and the sum exceeds $5 million, exclusive of interests and costs.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Case number 2:15-CV-09523-CAS-KK

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