Class Action Settlement

Ford Focus and Fiesta Powershift
Transmission Settlement

What’s The Case About?

What is this lawsuit about?

Our firm, Capstone Law APC, is litigating a lawsuit on behalf of a class of consumers nationwide who purchased or leased a 2011 through 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus equipped with Ford's Dual Clutch or "PowerShift" Transmission. The lawsuit, entitled Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company (Case No. CV12-08388 AB (FFMx)), has been resolved by a proposed settlement that was preliminarily approved by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on April 25, 2017 ("the Settlement"). If you are a current or former owner/lessee of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or a 2012-2016 Ford Focus with a PowerShift Transmission (the "Class Vehicles"), you may be entitled to obtain benefits provided by the Settlement and the Orders of the Court.


What is the current status of the Settlement?

On April 25, 2017, the Court granted preliminary approval of the Settlement negotiated by Plaintiffs and Ford. By July 7, 2017, the claims administrator will mail a Court-approved postcard to affected consumers ("Class Members") advising them of the Settlement, the URL for the settlement website, and instructions regarding their potential claims. The Parties are currently working with the Claims Administrator to create a settlement website that will have information on the Settlement as well as a portal to submit claims. When that website is ready to launch, a link will be provided on this page.


What are my rights?

Class Members may be entitled to receive money or other benefits that the Settlement provides. If you believe you are a Class Member (see description above) and wish to participate in the Settlement, no action is required right now. Notice will be sent by July 7, 2017. If you are a current or former owner or lessee of a 2011 through 2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus and have not received a notice informing you of your rights by July 28, 2017, please contact the claims administrator. We will post the claims administrator’s website and phone number here as soon as they are available. Please be advised that you will be automatically excluded from the Class if you have a pending lawsuit against Ford related to the PowerShift Transmission, but you can choose to opt in (affirmatively include yourself in the Class) instead and should consult with your attorney. If you choose to participate or fail to opt out (affirmatively exclude yourself from the Class), you will be bound by these results, whether favorable or unfavorable, and you will give up the right to sue Ford separately for legal claims that are the same or related to those alleged in this lawsuit.


What benefits does the Settlement provide?

  • If your Class Vehicle’s transmission is malfunctioning, you may be entitled to a repair or a repurchase of your vehicle, through an expedited binding arbitration program.
  • If an authorized Ford dealer performed three or more transmission Software Flashes on your vehicle while you owned or leased it, you may be entitled to up to $600 in cash payments.
  • If an authorized Ford dealer replaced three or more qualifying hardware parts in your PowerShift Transmission while you owned or leased the vehicle, you may be entitled to up to $2,325 in cash payments or up to $4,650 in Vehicle Discount Certificates.
  • If you paid for a repair to you PowerShift Transmission that you think should have been covered by warranty, you may be entitled to reimbursement.
  • If your vehicle was manufactured after June 5, 2013, and two or more clutch replacements were performed on your vehicle under warranty and you had to pay for a clutch replacement after warranty, you may be entitled to reimbursement.

For more information about the case and the Settlement, please see the links below or contact us at (855) 310-9583 or info@fordpowershiftlawsuit.com.


This site will be updated regularly to reflect relevant changes.

HOW CAN I HELP?

If you have any questions or need more information, please email us at info@FordPowerShiftLawsuit.com or call us at 855.310.9583. Be sure to leave your name, telephone number, and the best time to reach you, and an attorney will get back to you soon.

What Laws Protect Me?

California law provides various protections and rights to employees in the state in the areas of wrongful termination, workplace harassment, and regarding wage issues like overtime, minimum wages, meal breaks, vacation pay, and other issues related to compensation. You can find a more detailed description of various rights organized below by subject.

Who Are The Lawyers?

At Capstone Law APC, we believe that employees should be treated fairly, consumers should get what they pay for, and rights should be protected even when someone cannot afford a lawyer. Capstone Law seeks to represent employees, consumers and investors across the country in litigation involving labor and workplace rights, privacy laws, automobile and other product defects, consumer protection, false advertising or other deceptive trade practices, and securities fraud.

Capstone’s attorneys understand the tactics that well-financed defendants use to shield themselves from responsibility. In fact, a number of our attorneys previously worked for large national law firms and graduated from top law schools, including Harvard, University of Michigan, UCLA, and USC. Capstone Law has the talent, experience, financial resources and depth of knowledge to successfully litigate the most complex and challenging cases against the country’s largest corporations when they ignore labor laws and workplace protections, make deceptive claims, violate privacy protections, or sell defective products and services.

Our law firm is organized into four main practice areas – Labor & Employment, Consumer Rights, Automotive Defects, and Securities Fraud. We also maintain departments for Mass Actions and Appeals & Complex Motions. Our firm pursues cases in California state and federal courts, as well as in courts around the nation. We also pursue our clients’ claims in arbitration and before administrative agencies. Whatever the forum or venue, Capstone Law invests the time and resources necessary to vigorously prosecute its cases.

As part of our commitment to social justice, our firm supports public policy, educational campaigns and legislative efforts to secure and expand the rights of consumers and working people. The firm also publishes the Impact Litigation Journal, a running commentary on important legal developments in the area of representative actions and other complex litigation.

Please call us to speak with Anthony Castillo, Esq. at (855) 310-9583 or email us at info@fordpowershiftlawsuit.com.

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We collect information from you when you fill out our contact form.

When contacting us via our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

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California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

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We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

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Disclaimer

The information on this site has been created by Capstone Law APC for informational purposes only, and is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Online readers should not act, or decline to act, based on content from this site without first consulting an attorney or other appropriate professional. Capstone Law APC does not seek to represent any individual based solely on that individual’s visit to this website.

Transmission of the information on this site does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Moreover, contacting us, whether through this website or by other means, does not create an attorney-client relationship.

The attorneys at Capstone Law APC are licensed to practice in the State of California. Capstone Law APC maintains their law office in Los Angeles, California and practices law in the State of California in state and federal courts. We partner with local counsel when needed in litigation outside California.

Important Dates

Notice Mailed to Class Members

July 7, 2017

The Claims Administrator will send the short form Notice of Settlement to Class Members via first-class mail by July 7, 2017.

Opt Out & Objection Deadline

September 5, 2017

You must complete and mail your request for exclusion so that it is postmarked no later than September 5, 2017.

You must file your objections to the Settlement with the Court on or before September 5, 2017.

Final Approval Hearing Date

October 2, 2017

The Final Approval or "Fairness" Hearing is currently scheduled for October 2, 2017.

Please check this website for updates.

Class Action Settlement

Ford Focus and Fiesta Powershift
Transmission Settlement

What’s The Case About?

What is this lawsuit about?

Our firm, Capstone Law APC, is litigating a lawsuit on behalf of a class of consumers nationwide who purchased or leased a 2011 through 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus equipped with Ford's Dual Clutch or "PowerShift" Transmission. The lawsuit, entitled Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company (Case No. CV12-08388 AB (FFMx)), has been resolved by a proposed settlement that was preliminarily approved by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on April 25, 2017 ("the Settlement"). If you are a current or former owner/lessee of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or a 2012-2016 Ford Focus with a PowerShift Transmission (the "Class Vehicles"), you may be entitled to obtain benefits provided by the Settlement and the Orders of the Court.


What is the current status of the Settlement?

On April 25, 2017, the Court granted preliminary approval of the Settlement negotiated by Plaintiffs and Ford. By July 7, 2017, the claims administrator will mail a Court-approved postcard to affected consumers ("Class Members") advising them of the Settlement, the URL for the settlement website, and instructions regarding their potential claims. The Parties are currently working with the Claims Administrator to create a settlement website that will have information on the Settlement as well as a portal to submit claims. When that website is ready to launch, a link will be provided on this page.


What are my rights?

Class Members may be entitled to receive money or other benefits that the Settlement provides. If you believe you are a Class Member (see description above) and wish to participate in the Settlement, no action is required right now. Notice will be sent by July 7, 2017. If you are a current or former owner or lessee of a 2011 through 2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus and have not received a notice informing you of your rights by July 28, 2017, please contact the claims administrator. We will post the claims administrator’s website and phone number here as soon as they are available. Please be advised that you will be automatically excluded from the Class if you have a pending lawsuit against Ford related to the PowerShift Transmission, but you can choose to opt in (affirmatively include yourself in the Class) instead and should consult with your attorney. If you choose to participate or fail to opt out (affirmatively exclude yourself from the Class), you will be bound by these results, whether favorable or unfavorable, and you will give up the right to sue Ford separately for legal claims that are the same or related to those alleged in this lawsuit.


What benefits does the Settlement provide?

  • If your Class Vehicle’s transmission is malfunctioning, you may be entitled to a repair or a repurchase of your vehicle, through an expedited binding arbitration program.
  • If an authorized Ford dealer performed three or more transmission Software Flashes on your vehicle while you owned or leased it, you may be entitled to up to $600 in cash payments.
  • If an authorized Ford dealer replaced three or more qualifying hardware parts in your PowerShift Transmission while you owned or leased the vehicle, you may be entitled to up to $2,325 in cash payments or up to $4,650 in Vehicle Discount Certificates.
  • If you paid for a repair to you PowerShift Transmission that you think should have been covered by warranty, you may be entitled to reimbursement.
  • If your vehicle was manufactured after June 5, 2013, and two or more clutch replacements were performed on your vehicle under warranty and you had to pay for a clutch replacement after warranty, you may be entitled to reimbursement.

For more information about the case and the Settlement, please see the links below or contact us at (855) 310-9583 or info@fordpowershiftlawsuit.com.


This site will be updated regularly to reflect relevant changes.

Important Dates

Notice Mailed to Class Members

July 7, 2017

The Claims Administrator will send the short form Notice of Settlement to Class Members via first-class mail by July 7, 2017.

Opt Out & Objection Deadline

September 5, 2017

You must complete and mail your request for exclusion so that it is postmarked no later than September 5, 2017.

You must file your objections to the Settlement with the Court on or before September 5, 2017.

Final Approval Hearing Date

October 2, 2017

The Final Approval or "Fairness" Hearing is currently scheduled for October 2, 2017.

Please check this website for updates.

HOW CAN I HELP?

If you have any questions or need more information, please email us at info@FordPowerShiftLawsuit.com or call us at 855.310.9583. Be sure to leave your name, telephone number, and the best time to reach you, and an attorney will get back to you soon.

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  • By submitting your email address above, you are agreeing to receive email updates from Capstone Law APC on legal news, services, and pending litigation.

What Laws Protect Me?

California law provides various protections and rights to employees in the state in the areas of wrongful termination, workplace harassment, and regarding wage issues like overtime, minimum wages, meal breaks, vacation pay, and other issues related to compensation. You can find a more detailed description of various rights organized below by subject.

Contact Us & Learn More

Please enter the information below or call us to speak with Anthony Castillo, Esq. Hablamos Español

  • By submitting your email address above, you are agreeing to receive email updates from Capstone Law APC on legal news, services, and pending litigation.

Who Are The Lawyers?

At Capstone Law APC, we believe that employees should be treated fairly, consumers should get what they pay for, and rights should be protected even when someone cannot afford a lawyer. Capstone Law seeks to represent employees, consumers and investors across the country in litigation involving labor and workplace rights, privacy laws, automobile and other product defects, consumer protection, false advertising or other deceptive trade practices, and securities fraud.

Capstone’s attorneys understand the tactics that well-financed defendants use to shield themselves from responsibility. In fact, a number of our attorneys previously worked for large national law firms and graduated from top law schools, including Harvard, University of Michigan, UCLA, and USC. Capstone Law has the talent, experience, financial resources and depth of knowledge to successfully litigate the most complex and challenging cases against the country’s largest corporations when they ignore labor laws and workplace protections, make deceptive claims, violate privacy protections, or sell defective products and services.

Our law firm is organized into four main practice areas – Labor & Employment, Consumer Rights, Automotive Defects, and Securities Fraud. We also maintain departments for Mass Actions and Appeals & Complex Motions. Our firm pursues cases in California state and federal courts, as well as in courts around the nation. We also pursue our clients’ claims in arbitration and before administrative agencies. Whatever the forum or venue, Capstone Law invests the time and resources necessary to vigorously prosecute its cases.

As part of our commitment to social justice, our firm supports public policy, educational campaigns and legislative efforts to secure and expand the rights of consumers and working people. The firm also publishes the Impact Litigation Journal, a running commentary on important legal developments in the area of representative actions and other complex litigation.

Please call us to speak with Anthony Castillo, Esq. at (855) 310-9583 or email us at info@fordpowershiftlawsuit.com.

Important Dates

Notice Mailed to Class Members

July 7, 2017

The Claims Administrator will send the short form Notice of Settlement to Class Members via first-class mail by July 7, 2017.

Opt Out & Objection Deadline

September 5, 2017

You must complete and mail your request for exclusion so that it is postmarked no later than September 5, 2017.

You must file your objections to the Settlement with the Court on or before September 5, 2017.

Final Approval Hearing Date

October 2, 2017

The Final Approval or "Fairness" Hearing is currently scheduled for October 2, 2017.

Please check this website for updates.

Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?
We collect information from you when you fill out our contact form.

When contacting us via our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site.
Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
  • To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website hideerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you
  • To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
  • To send periodic emails

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.

Do we use cookies?
Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to help us remember and process registrations, understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can hideer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Policy Only
This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected hideline.

Your Consent
By using our site, you consent to our websites privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

Contacting Us
If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

www.CapstoneLawyers.com
1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Email: info@capstonelawyers.com
Phone: 1-310-556-4811

Disclaimer

The information on this site has been created by Capstone Law APC for informational purposes only, and is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Online readers should not act, or decline to act, based on content from this site without first consulting an attorney or other appropriate professional. Capstone Law APC does not seek to represent any individual based solely on that individual’s visit to this website.

Transmission of the information on this site does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Moreover, contacting us, whether through this website or by other means, does not create an attorney-client relationship.

The attorneys at Capstone Law APC are licensed to practice in the State of California. Capstone Law APC maintains their law office in Los Angeles, California and practices law in the State of California in state and federal courts. We partner with local counsel when needed in litigation outside California.