Welcome to the Skeen v. BMW of North America Settlement Website

There is a proposed Settlement of a class action in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey titled
Skeen v. BMW of North America, LLC,
Civil Number 2:13-cv-01531-WHW-CLW.

PLEASE READ THIS WEBSITE CAREFULLY. YOUR RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The court entered an order granting an extension of the deadlines in the settlement. New deadlines are in RED.
Please see the Key Dates/Docs page for more details.

The court entered an order granting final approval. A PDF version of the Opinion and Order Granting Final Approval is available on the Key Dates/Docs Page

Case Summary

The lawsuit claimed that BMW made and sold certain MINI Coopers knowing that the cars had defective timing chain components, which are parts inside the engine. Defendants deny they did anything wrong and stand behind and support their products. The Court did not decide in favor of Plaintiffs or Defendants. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement. That way, they avoid the cost and risk of a trial, so that the people affected will get benefits. The Class Representatives and the attorneys think the settlement is best for everyone.

Class Member Definition

All current and former owners and lessees within the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico of the following vehicles, manufactured at any time from start of production in November 2006 through July 2010 (“Class Vehicle”):

  • 2008 through 2009 model year MINI Cooper S Clubman (R55)
  • 2007 through 2009 model year MINI Cooper S Hardtop (R56)
  • 2009 through 2010 model year MINI Cooper S Convertible (R57)

Class Member Options


Option Description
Submit a Claim Form postmarked on or before July 1, 2016 To receive a reimbursement benefit, Class Members must submit a Claim Form postmarked on or before July 1, 2016 (July 21, 2016 for class members from KS, NH, OK, PA; or August 29, 2016 for class members from HI). The Claim Form must be completed in its entirety and should be signed under penalty of perjury. You must also include all Required Documentation. A Claim Form can be found on the Key Dates/Docs page.
Exclude Yourself from the Settlement before July 1, 2016 If you wish to exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must follow the instructions for how to exclude yourself from the Notice on the Key Dates/Docs page. (This deadline has passed)
Object to the Settlement before July 1, 2016 If you wish to object to the Settlement, you must submit your objections on or before July 1, 2016.  Please follow the instructions for how to object from the Notice, which can be found on the Key Dates/Docs page. (This deadline has passed)
Attend the Fairness Hearing on July 14, 2016 If you wish to be heard at the Fairness Hearing for any reason, then you must also notify the Clerk of the Court, Class Counsel, and Defense Counsel, in writing, on or before July 1, 2016, of your intention to appear. Please refer to page 7 of the Notice which can be found on the Key Dates/Docs page. (The Fairness Hearing has already occurred)
Do Nothing If you do nothing, you’ll get no money from this settlement although you will still receive a warranty extension. But, unless you exclude yourself, you won’t be able to start a lawsuit, continue with a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against BMW about the legal issues in this case, ever again.

Additional Information

For more details about the benefits of the settlement, please review the Settlement Benefits page. For key dates and deadlines, and to download important case documents, please review the Key Dates/Docs page. For answers to common questions, please visit the Common Questions page. To contact the Claims Administrator, refer to the Contact Us page.

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