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Ysbrand v. DaimlerChrysler Corp.

Supreme Court of Oklahoma
81 P.3d 618 (2003)


Facts

Sheryl Ysbrand and other owners of minivans (plaintiffs) filed a  class action against DaimlerChrysler Corporation (Daimler) (defendant). Daimler was a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Michigan. Ysbrand asserted various causes of action under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), as well as common-law fraud. The class members alleged that the minivans’ front-passenger air bags were defective. The trial court certified a class of current minivan owners, but excluded owners who had suffered personal injury from airbag deployment and owners who had their airbags deactivated or replaced. Daimler appealed the trial court’s class certification order. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma granted certiorari to review.

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