Ford has been embroiled in issues surrounding its 360-degree camera system for some time now, issuing recalls for impacted 2020-2023 Ford Explorer crossovers first, then recalling nearly 170k 2020-2023 Lincoln Aviator, 2018-2021 Lincoln Navigator, 2022-2023 Ford Transit, and 2021 Ford Bronco models shortly thereafter. Ford previously said that it expected the fix for this issue to cost it upwards of $270 million to rectify, but things have gotten even worse for The Blue Oval as a handful of lawsuits have been filed pertaining to the belief that its proposed fix is inadequate. Now, Ford is asking a court to transfer one of those recently-filed lawsuits from one state to another, according to Car Complaints.
The original lawsuit – Dorfman, et al., v. Ford Motor Company – was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) by plaintiffs represented by the Miller Law Firm, P.C., and McCune Law Group, though just 10 days later, another “copycat” lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Ford customer who is part of the Michigan-based class-action suit as well.
As one might imagine, this didn’t settle well with Ford, which stated that “yet after the Michigan case was pending for a few weeks, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed it and refiled it here. This venue makes no sense: no party resides in Illinois, the complaint asserts no claims under Illinois law, and the complaint does not seek to certify an Illinois class. This ‘evidence of forum-shopping’ supports transferring this case to the district that Plaintiffs originally chose and that has the strongest relationship with the parties, the claims, the witnesses, and the evidence: the Eastern District of Michigan.”
Of the four named plaintiffs that are part of the original lawsuit, only one currently resides in Michigan, while the other three either purchased or leased their vehicles in California or Kentucky, and also reside in one of those two states. The plaintiffs claim that the 360-degree camera systems in their vehicles “may appear blue or black or experience other faults,” and that Ford has known about this problem since 2021.