This article is based on a post on the Roseman Law Firm website
Attorney Christina Gill Roseman of Roseman Law Firm, along with Ron Burdge and Beth Wells of Burdge Law Office, won a jury verdict against Winnebago for $500,000 on July 19. In Hanreck et al v. Winnebago, the plaintiffs sued Winnebago under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
The plaintiffs alleged that their 2013 Winnebago Adventurer motorhome had defects including a large slideout that would not fully retract at times. When the slideout could not be fully retracted, the RV could not be safely driven. The vehicle was presented to dealerships for repairs under the Winnebago warranty approximately nine times.
The plaintiffs asserted that Winnebago failed to repair the vehicle in a reasonable number of times and reasonable number of attempts. Winnebago claimed that the plaintiffs did not meet all the conditions for recovery under the warranty and that they failed to establish damages.
After a five-day trial in the federal U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the jury of 8 rendered a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs against Winnebago for $500,000. Still pending is the judge’s decision on the non-jury claim under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law permits a court to award up to three times actual damages.
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