Porsche owners allege engines have cooling system defect

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 10, 2018

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – Two Florida residents allege the Porsche vehicles they owned had a defect in the engine cooling systems that cost them thousands to repair.

Santiago Padilla and Murray L. Shames filed a complaint individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated on Nov. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Porsche Cars North America Inc. alleging violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, breach of implied warranty of merchantability and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs are representing a proposed class of current and former owners of 2010 through 2016 Porsche Panamera vehicles and 2011 through 2019 Porsche Cayenne vehicles, which were equipped with V8 gasoline engines. The plaintiffs allege these engines have a safety-related defect in the cooling system that can cause sudden engine failure and a loss of vehicle power at any time without warning.

The plaintiffs hold Porsche Cars North America Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly knew of the defect but has not accepted responsibility for repairs of the vehicles or initiated a remedy.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant, certify class action, award damages, restitution and disgorgement, declaratory and injunctive relief, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, costs, expenses, and other relief as the court deems just. 

They are represented by T. Michael Morgan of Morgan & Morgan PA in Orlando; Timothy G. Blood, Paula R. Brown and Aleksandr J. Yarmolinets of Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP in San Diego, California; and Ray P. Boucher and Maria L. Weitz of Ray Boucher LLP in Woodland Hills, California.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida case number 1:18-cv-24988

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