Livingston v. Trane U.S. Inc., No. 2:17-cv-06480-ES-MAH (D.N.J.)
A settlement has been reached on behalf of nearly 500,000 current and former owners of Trane and American Standard air conditioners manufactured with an unapproved rust inhibitor that caused many units to fail. The plaintiffs in the class action suit were represented by James C. Shah of Shepherd Finkleman Miller & Shah, LLP and Timothy N. Mathews, Esq. and Zachary P. Beatty, Esq. of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith, LLP. The lawsuit alleges that in certain air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured by the defendants, sticky deposits would form on the thermostatic expansion valve (TXV). When the air conditioners failed due to this problem, Trane instructed service personal to inject an acidic additive into the TXV rather than replace the valve, potentially threatening the compressor’s long-term reliability.
Trane denies any wrongdoing, and the Court did not decide in favor of either Trane or the plaintiffs. Both sides, however, agreed to the settlement and consumers affected have the opportunity to obtain compensation. The settlement provides substantial relief for the class members, including reimbursement of past repair expenses, an approved additive that can help prevent future problems with the air conditioner (and a labor allowance to inject the additive), and an extended and enhanced warranty for certain units.
The deadline for affected consumers to either file a claim or exclude themselves from the class is September 25, 2020. To ascertain whether or not your air conditioner is included in the class and to obtain instructions on filing a claim, visit www.airconditionersettlement.com.
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