RVers awarded $500,000 in Winnebago “lemon” lawsuit

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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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Kathy

They should be going after more, Winnebago is actually one of the better manufacturers. There are a lot worse out there

Alvin

BRAVO> A victory for all RV owner owning todays crap builds. The door is now open proceed and lets get these guys in moral alignment with what we deserve as consumers. This is a great announcement 6 years late or not.

Daniel Pankiewicz

And please note it took six (6) years since purchase

Dry Creek

This is an interesting case, indeed. The ultimate outcome could be precedent-setting and act as a base for many following litigants.

Mark B

Need warranty laws that increase the judgement amount automatically every week from when case is filed until guilty verdict reached. Hopefully, this would encourage dealers/manufacturers/vendors/installers to fix or settle outside of court very quickly, freeing up courts and eliminating many of the stall tactics that are used.

Thomas Urso

I have a 2014 Winnebago Adventure and also had full wall slide out problems. After taking it to a dealer who didn’t know how to fix it nor did they call Winnebago on how to fix it and really made it worse I took it to Winnebago in Iowa and they fixed it by installing a Power Gear mechanism. Now the slide out works fine. Did the plantiff take the coach back to Winnebago, probably not. I don’t believe in lawsuits until I have exhausted every other channel.

Hoy

Need more law suits for the treatment customer get from dealers and manufacturers .they need to hire people that are licensed to plumb and wire these units so they won’t be catching fire while driving down the roads. And the repairs should be done in a timely manner one or two weeks not months

Goldie

2013 Winnebago that failed to be repaired under warranty…that means it took 5-6 years for the buyers to get an award. And who knows how many more years of appeals before they actually see a dime. In the meantime they have either been making payments on an RV they could not use, had their credit impacted because they gave the RV to the bank (not likely), or had a large chunk of change tied up in a non-moving vehicle. That’s why many manufacturers (not all) keep turning out junk. Not many people have deep enough pockets to push through a successful lawsuit. And those with deep enough pockets are purchasing brands that are much more likely to deliver a higher quality product that they stand behind.

Jason Laber

Congratulations to the Henrick team on this! It’s encouraging to see cases go all the way to trial under the Magnason Moss. These lemon RVs + poor customer care = expensive lawsuits. A win for the plaintiffs on this – is a win for us all!

Ken

Finally! Love to see many more hefty fines against these unscrupulous outfits. Long overdue.

Richard Davidson

ABOUT TIME manufacturers are held responsible for their products! Although Winnebago is not one of the worst, perhaps this will help to fo force those “other” brands to stand behind their’s. (don’t hold your breath).