Zac Arbitman, Marie Appel and Gary Klinger Named Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel in Samsung Litigation

PHILADELPHIA - Aug. 3, 2023 - PRLog -- U.S. District Court Judge Claire C. Cecchi has issued an order appointing Zac Arbitman of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, Marie N. Appel of Morgan & Morgan, and Gary M. Klinger of Milberg as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel for all Plaintiffs in consolidated class action litigation alleging defects in front-mounted burner controls knobs in Samsung ranges. The lawsuit accuses Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of breaching express and implied warranties, committing fraud, unjustly enriching themselves, and engaging in unfair and deceptive acts and other unlawful practices in connection with their manufacturing, advertising, marketing, and/or sale of Samsung ranges.

Plaintiffs' class action seeks relief for Samsung ranges with dangerous latent defects in the design and/or manufacture of their front-mounted burner control knobs that make the ranges susceptible to unintentional actuation. The lawsuit alleges that the control knobs on the ranges are prone to, and do, rotate as a result of minor, inadvertent contact. This unintentional actuation of the ranges thus creates hazardous conditions—leaking gas or heating electric cooktops to extreme temperatures—causing serious risk of fire, property damage, and personal injury.

Plaintiffs allege that the safety, reliability, and dependability of the ranges were important factors in their decisions to purchase the products. The lawsuit further claims that Samsung had ample means and opportunities to alert consumers of the allegedly defective nature of the ranges. However, Samsung has not notified the public of the claimed defect and has not issued a product recall. Plaintiffs allege that Samsung instead knowingly, affirmatively, actively misrepresented, and concealed the true character, quality, and nature of the ranges and sold the ranges into the stream of commerce as if they were safe for use.

The lawsuit demands that Samsung agree to, among other things, cease the deceptive practices described above; correct, repair, replace, or otherwise fix the defective ranges at no cost; and compensate Plaintiffs and all others harmed by these practices.

Per the Court's order, Arbitman, Appel, and Klinger have responsibility for, among other things, coordinating all work among counsel, appearing and making arguments before the Court, communicating with the parties, handling any settlement negotiations, conducting discovery, selecting and consulting with experts, and performing any such other duties as are necessary in connection with the prosecution of this litigation or as may be further directed by the Court.

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