On November 5 2012, Doyle Lowther, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Kia Motors in the United States District Court for the Central District of California earlier this month. Among other things, the complaint alleges that Kia misrepresented to consumers the average miles per gallon city and highway a number of its models would achieve. The complaint seeks to represent all persons in the United States who purchased and/or leased a new 2013 Kia Rio, Sorento, Soul or Sportage, 2012 Kia Optima hybrid, Rio, Sorento, Soul or Sportage, or 2011 Kia Optima hybrid. Our case is one of several similar class actions field across the US against Kia and Hyundai. A motion to consolidate all of these cases before one court has been filed with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). It is likely that the JPML will grant this motion but it is not known where the cases will be sent.
If you are the owner of one of the Kia vehicles at issue, and purchased or leased the vehicle new, you are included within our class definition and need not do anything further to benefit from any future settlement (if there is one). If there is a settlement in the future, notice would be sent to the owners of all the Kia vehicles at issue alerting them to the settlement. At this point there is no need for Kia owners to take any affirmative action to participate in the class action lawsuits (such as contacting us to provide your contact information). Doyle Lowther sincerely appreciates your interest in this litigation and we are hopeful we can recover the damages each of you incurred as a result of Kia’s misrepresentations.