SSH Gains $4 Million Settlement for Kawasaki on Eve of Trial

SSH Gains $4 Million Settlement for Kawasaki on Eve of Trial

Stueve Siegel Hanson has reached a Settlement Agreement between Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp, U.S.A. (KMM), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) and a Kawasaki vendor, resulting in a $4 million payment to Kawasaki.  The vendor supplied fuel filters to Kawasaki for use in small engines which powered outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers.  Kawasaki’s suit alleged the filters were defective, leaked fuel, and in some cases caused fires on consumer lawnmowers.  After learning of the defective part and potential fire hazard, Kawasaki instituted a nationwide recall for the safety of its customers.  Kawasaki brought claims for breach of warranty, breach of contract, and fraudulent inducement to recover its damages from recalling the fuel filters, seeking $4 million in damages.  

The Settlement Agreement was reached in January 2016.

“We are very pleased with the settlement result after years of hard fought litigation for our client Kawasaki,” said SSH Partner Pat Stueve.

“It is very gratifying for our client to be fully compensated for doing the right thing for its customers, and continuing to maintain its standard of providing excellent products and service,” said SSH Partner Todd Hilton.


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