On August 31, 2016, the Court entered an Order Granting the Motion for Final Approval of Settlement and Dismissing the Action with Prejudice, and also entered an Order Granting the Motion for Attorneys Fees, Expenses and Incentive Awards. The Settlement will no longer be subject to appeal on September 30, 2016. Payments for cash reimbursements to qualified Settlement Class Members are expected to begin mailing in October 2016.
This website provides information about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit claiming that certain 2011-2015 Subaru vehicles consumed excessive amounts of engine oil. The Lawsuit claims that Settlement Class Vehicles were improperly designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed, advertised, and sold, that consumer statutes were violated and applicable warranties were breached. The Lawsuit seeks certification of a nationwide class of all present and former purchasers and lessees of Settlement Class Vehicles to pursue the claims.
Defendants deny these claims. Defendants maintain that the Settlement Class Vehicles do not consume excessive amounts of engine oil and are not defective. Defendants maintain that the Settlement Class Vehicles function(ed) in a proper manner, were properly designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed, advertised, warranted and sold, and that Defendants did not violate any warranties, statutes or laws.
Without any finding of liability or wrongdoing on the part of Defendants, the Court has preliminarily approved a settlement of the Lawsuit pursuant to which benefits will be made available to past and present owners or lessees of Settlement Class Vehicles purchased in the continental United States.
If the settlement is approved, Subaru has agreed to provide settlement benefits which are further described in the Frequently Asked Questions which can be found on this website.
The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing at 10 a.m. on July 26, 2016 in Courtroom 4A at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Camden Division. At this hearing the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court may listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. The Court may also decide how much to pay Class Counsel and whether to approve service awards. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement. We do not know how long it will take for the Court to make its decision.