Elaine Goodman Aug. 26, 2015, 8:42am


A Louisiana couple is suing auto dealerships and financial services businesses, alleging repeated efforts to fix leaks in their RV have failed.

Anthony W. Fondaw and Josefina G. Fondaw filed a lawsuit Aug. 3 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, against Forest River Inc., dealer Dixie Motors, Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Interstate National Dealer Service Inc. and Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Co., alleging breach of warranty and negligence.

According to the complaint, in June 2012, the Fondaws bought a 2009 Sportscoach RV from Dixie Motors for $251,721, along with an $11,000 extended warranty. However,  the RV’s roof, toilet and slide-out were leaky, leading to rotting of the roof and inside walls and damage to the furniture, the lawsuit says.

The suit says the RV was brought it in repeatedly for service under warranty, but the problems were not fixed. In addition, the lawsuit accuses insurance company Allstate of arbitrarily and capriciously denying the Fondaws' claim regarding damage to the RV.

The Fondaws seek damages of more than $300,000, plus legal costs and fees. They are represented by attorney Richard C. Dalton of Mandeville.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-03180-SM-MBN.

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