Court Grants Class Certification in Pressure Cooker Class Action Lawsuit

DATE: April 24, 2017
PRACTICE AREAS: Defective Products

On April 24, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted class certification in the products liability action titled Chapman et al. v. Tristar Products, Inc. This is a class action lawsuit against Tristar Products, Inc. on behalf of consumers who purchased a Power Pressure Cooker XL. A copy of the opinion is available here.

In his opinion, Judge James S. Gwin states, “Specifically, the Court certifies an express warranty class for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado purchasers; an implied warranty class for Colorado; narrowed strict liability, negligent design, and unjust enrichment classes for Ohio purchasers; and an unjust enrichment class for Pennsylvania purchasers.”

The lawsuit alleges that Tristar’s Power Pressure Cooker XL has a design defect that allows users to open the pressure cooker while it still contains a significant and dangerous amount of pressure. Plaintiffs are seeking a full refund; the Court set a trial date of July 10, 2017.

On June 20, 2017, Judge Gwin denied the defendant’s motion to decertify the class.

This case is being prosecuted by Shanon J. Carson and Arthur M. Stock.

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