Law360 Reports on Patrick McNicholas’ Class-Action Lawsuit Against Mercedes-Benz
As published in Law360, Mercedes-Benz will install new seat heater wiring in as many as 270,000 vehicles as part of a proposed class-action settlement filed in California federal court.
Partner Patrick McNicholas initially filed the suit in 2014 on behalf of Elizabeth Callaway after she began to smell smoke in her 2006 Mercedes-Benz R350 and realized that the heating element had burned a hole through the car seat and her dress, causing pain around her waist area.
As a result of the proposed settlement, Mercedes-Benz will provide free bypass repair procedures to current owners of affected vehicles. Class members who don’t get the bypass repair procedures will have extended warranty coverage, and those who previously experienced an issue can receive a reimbursement for costs up to $1,000.