BMW of North America LLC has agreed to pay more than $30 million to settle a proposed consumer class action over allegedly defective engines in Mini Coopers. The total dollar amount the automaker will have to pay will depend on the number and nature of claims submitted by class members, who alleged vehicle owners had to pay thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement costs over a defect causing cars to suddenly quit without warning, Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Walls said in his opinion granting preliminary approval of the settlement. The parties had agreed to settle the case in November and Judge Walls noted that while neither party specified a total, it was estimated during oral argument before the court that the settlement’s value could exceed $30 million. Judge Wells said that he granted preliminary approval because the proposed settlement “lacks obvious deficiencies and appears reasonable.”
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