Trane, American Standard Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

Trane US, Inc. is settling a class action alleging that certain Trane and American Standard air conditioners and heat pumps may fail due to the formation of sticky deposits on an internal valve, sometimes called the TXV. Also, the complaint alleged that when these failures occurred, Trane told service persons not to replace the valves but to inject the system with an additive to break apart the clogs. The complaint claimed that the additive makes the compressor less reliable over the long term.

Docket Number:

2:17-cv-06480-ES-MAH

Company: Trane US Inc.

Filing Deadline: September 25, 2020

Objection Deadline: July 13, 2020

Exclusion Deadline: July 13, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: August 12, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

You must supply your air condition’s or heat pump’s serial number and document your out-of-pocket costs for repairs.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a US resident who is a current or former owner of a Trane or American Standard 1.5- to 5-tone air conditioner or heat pump within certain serial numbers. These serial numbers can be found in Exhibit 1 on the settlement website, at http://www.airconditionersettlement.com/DocumentHandler.ashx?DocPath=/Documents/Ex_I_List_of_Class_Air_Conditioners_Heat_Pumps_exhibit_page_removed_pdf.pdf.

Most of the units included in the settlement were made between November 2013 and September 2014, although some were made as late as 2017. The date of manufacturer and serial number are located on the data plate of the air conditioner’s or heat pump’s outdoor unit.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Three benefits: (1) Reimbursement for out-of-pocket repairs, capped at $575 for TXV valve replacements and $250 for additive injections. (2) Bottle of preventative additive, if you did not previously have an additive injection, to prevent future clogs, plus half-hour labor reimbursement for service persons to inject the additive, capped at $50. (3) Enhanced warranty coverage for certain units, for the original owner or valid transferee, if you received an additive injection.

Total Settlement Amount: Unknown

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$5,000

Law Firms:
Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP
Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah

Claim Form: Trane, American Standard Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Livingston, et al. v. Trane U.S. Inc.

Settlement Website: Trane, American Standard Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Heffler Claims Group

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Livingston v Trane
c/o Heffler Claims Group
PO Box 58263
Philadelphia, PA 19102-8263
800-528-7199

Tags: Defective Home Appliance, air con