TORONTO, March 24 /CNW/ -- A notification program began today, as ordered
by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Quebec, to
alert people who own or owned a high efficiency gas furnace that was made and
sold by Carrier Corporation ("Carrier") since January 1, 1989, about a
proposed settlement of the lawsuits against Carrier.
The lawsuits include anyone who owns or owned a Carrier 90+% high
efficiency condensing gas furnace with a polypropylene-laminated ("PPL")
secondary heat exchanger that was made and sold since January 1, 1989. Former
owners are only included if their secondary heat exchanger failed. These
furnaces were sold under the brand names "Carrier," "Bryant," "Payne," and
"Day & Night." Carrier denies that it did anything wrong, and the settlement
is not an admission of wrongdoing or an indication that any law was violated.
The settlement will make payments to people who had a secondary heat
exchanger failure and offers an enhanced 20-year warranty on their high-
efficiency gas furnaces. Those included in the settlement may send in a claim
form to ask for a payment, or they can exercise other legal rights such as
asking to be excluded from, or objecting to, the settlement. The deadline for
opt outs and objections is June 9, 2008. The deadline to submit claims is
September 8, 2008.
Notices informing people about their legal rights will be mailed, and are
scheduled to appear nationally in newspapers and other publications, leading
up to hearings on June 16, 2008, when the Courts will consider whether to
approve the settlement.
The Courts have appointed the law firms of Rochon Genova LLP of Toronto,
Ontario; Poyner Baxter LLP of North Vancouver, British Columbia; and Sylvestre
Fafard Painchaud of Montreal, Quebec, as "Class Counsel" to represent the
people included in the settlement.
A toll-free number, 1-877-632-0916, has been established in the cases
(called Donnelly v. Carrier Corporation, et al., No. 06-CV-320045CP and Wener
v. Carrier Corporation, et al., No. 500-06-000425-088), along with a website,
http://www.furnaceclaims.ca, where notices, a claim form, the settlement
agreement, and a list of qualifying furnace models may be obtained. Those
affected may also write to Carrier Settlement, PO Box 815, St. Catharines,
Ontario L2R 6Y3.
For further information:
For further information: Plaintiff Counsel (inquiries in Canada outside
Quebec): Joel Rochon of Rochon Genova, LLP, +(416) 363-1867; Plaintiff Counsel
(Quebec inquiries only): Normand Painchaud of Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud,
+(514) 937-2881; Defendant: Suzanne Basista of Carrier Corporation,
+1-412-562-1183 Web Site: http://www.furnaceclaims.ca