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Little v. Kia Motors America

New Jersey Supreme Court

June 25, 2020

This class action proceeded to trial and the jury agreed with the plaintiffs that the defendant breached express and implied warranties by selling the plaintiffs cars with defective brake pads. The jury awarded $750 to each plaintiff. The trial court granted the defendant’s post-trial motion regarding damages only. The trial court left the verdict intact as to liability. But as to damages, the Court awarded the defendant a new trial and decertified the class. The lower court appointed a special master and ordered each plaintiff individually to prove damages. On appeal, the Appellate Division reversed and reinstated the jury’s finding of damages. The NJ Supreme Court reinstated the trial court’s ruling, adopting the Appellate Division’s reasoning in Muise v. GPU, Inc., 371 N.J. Super. 13 (App. Div. 2004).

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