SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States District Court, Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval to a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit involving sealed glass-fronted gas fireplaces that were manufactured and distributed by Miles Industries, of North Vancouver, Canada. The case is Rotandi v. Miles Industries Ltd. No. 3:11-cv-02146-EDL.
The lawsuit claimed that Miles Industries concealed that the glass fronts of these fireplaces get hot enough to cause serious burns. Miles Industries denies that it did not warn consumers and it denies that it did anything wrong..
Under the terms of the settlement, owners of residences in which Valor fireplaces were installed from January 2007 to August 16, 2013 are eligible to make a claim for a barrier screen. The screen complies with the new CSA/ANSI standard that all gas fireplaces manufacturers will have to meet by 2015.
Who is Eligible?
Class Members are any individual who lives in the United States and owns a home or other residential dwelling that you bought for personal, family or household purposes and that home has one or more Valor brand sealed glass-fronted fireplace(s) manufactured and distributed by Miles Industries, Ltd. of North Vancouver, Canada between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012 and that was installed between January 1, 2007 and August 16, 2013.
How to Receive a Benefit
To receive a benefit, you must complete and return a claim form to the Settlement Administrator. The deadline to submit a claim form is February 10, 2014. A copy of the claim form can be found on the settlement website, www.MilesFireplaceSettlement.com, or requested from the Settlement Administrator at 1-866-859-7390.
Class Members can exclude themselves from the class so that they are not legally bound by the Settlement. The deadline to exclude yourself is October 25, 2013. If you do not exclude yourself, you will not be able to sue the Defendant for any claim related to the lawsuit.
If you stay in the settlement, you may object to it by October 25, 2013. The court will hold a hearing on December 10, 2013 to consider whether to approve the settlement and a request for attorneys' fees and expenses up to $1,890,000.
For more information, visit www.MilesFireplaceSettlement.com or call the Settlement Administrator toll free at 1-866-859-7390. Please do not contact the Court.
SOURCE Class Action Administration, Inc.