FBT Defends Client Yamaha Golf-Car Company

Client: Yamaha Golf-Car Company
Open date: May 2009
Close date: April 2011
Client role: Defendant
Monetary value: $500,000

On March 16, 2011, an eight person federal court jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Yamaha Golf-Car Company and against Swan Lake Holdings LLC on a product performance case involving a fleet of Yamaha G22 golf cars. The lawsuit arose out of Swan Lake’s purchase of 110 golf cars in March 2006.  Plaintiff claimed that shortly after purchase, the golf cars experienced premature battery failure.  Plaintiff claimed that the electrical charging system on the golf cars was defectively designed.  Plaintiff sought damages under theories of breach of express warranty and breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.  Plaintiff also argued that it was entitled to revoke acceptance of its entire fleet of Yamaha vehicles.

Yamaha defended the product and asserted that any issues Swan Lake was experiencing were solely attributed to the addition of a ProLink GPS system, which was not original equipment and excluded under the warranty.

Outcome

Yamaha received judgment in its favor under Rule 56 on plaintiff’s revocation and consequential damages claims. Yamaha also received judgment in its favor under Rule 56 on the breach of implied warranty claim. The claim for breach of express warranty went to the jury who unanimously concluded after one hour of deliberation that Yamaha Golf-Car Company did not breach its warranty and the fleet was not defective.

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