Court Grants Class Certifications in Tristar Defective Pressure Cooker Litigation
The case against Tristar Products Inc. will proceed on a class-wide basis for purchasers of the Power Pressure Cooker XL in Colorado, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
On Monday, April 24th 2017 Judge James S. Gwin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted in part the Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification. The purchaser classes include Express Warranty for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado; Implied Warranty for Colorado; Unjust Enrichment for Ohio and Pennsylvania; and Strict Liability & Negligence for Ohio. The court found that Plaintiffs’ total economic damages model is appropriate in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast v. Behrend (Comcast Corp. et al. v. Behrend et al. Case No.: 133 S.Ct. 1426, 1432-33 (2013))
Plaintiffs in Chapman et al. v. Tristar Products, Inc., Case No.: 1:16-cv-1114 allege that Tristar designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold defective and dangerous pressure cookers. The complaint alleges that, while Tristar represented to consumers that the lid of the pressure cookers cannot be removed while the unit is under pressure, the defective pressure cooker design creates the risk that the lid will detach from the device while it is still under significant pressure, causing the contents to erupt from the unit. The defective pressure cookers may result in significant injury to consumers.
Plaintiffs are represented by Edward A. Wallace and Tyler J. Story of Wexler Wallace LLP, Gregory F. Coleman, Lisa A. White, and Mark E. Silvey of Greg Coleman Law PC , Jack Landskroner and Drew Legando of Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC, and Shanon J. Carson and Arthur Stock of Berger & Montague, P.C. Click here to read Judge Gwin’s opinion and order.
The trial has currently been reassigned to begin on Monday, July 10th at 8:00 a.m.