Boater wins $1.1 million verdict against Tiara, Volvo Penta

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The law firm Greenberg Glusker announced today that it secured a $1.1 million judgment on behalf of its client in a consumer warranty act case against boatbuilder Tiara Yachts and engine manufacturer Volvo Penta of the Americas.

The client, an unnamed 20-year boater, purchased a new Tiara 4300 Sovran late in 2006. But after experiencing four failures in the first 66 hours of operation, the client “attempted to exercise his right of rescission under California law,” according to the law firm.

The boatbuilder and engine manufacturer refused the client’s demand to buy back the faulty boat, according to the law firm.

“The yacht and engine makers used our clients as de facto beta testers for their new product, yet refused responsibility for serious problems in design and manufacturing,” attorney Lee Dresie said in a statement.

“This case demonstrates that manufacturers must honor their warranties, both implied and express,” Dresie added. “We argued that no consumer should be on the line for a manufacturer’s mistake — and the jury agreed.”

Representatives of Tiara Yachts and Volvo Penta did not immediately return requests for comment about the two-week jury trial in Ventura Co., Calif and its verdict.

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