Wisconsin Court Won't Reopen Lawsuit Against Harley-Davidson

The Wisconsin Supreme Court won?t reopen a class action lawsuit in which Harley-Davidson owners accused Harley-Davidson Inc. of failing to disclose a defect in two engine types sold in 1999 and 2000, according to published reports.

The case could have involved up to 140,000 owners of 1999 and early 2000 models built with the Twin Cam 88 and Twin Cam 88B engines. Harley sent letters to owners in 2001 warning that the rear cam bearing in some bikes had failed but would probably not cause engine failure, and extended its warranty coverage for the part. The company offered cam repair kits for $495.

California owner Steven Tietsworth contended the recall devalued the bikes and the owners should be compensated.

Thursday the state Supreme Court voted 4-3 to uphold a circuit court decision refusing to reopen and amend the case to include warranty and contract claims, according to the Associated Press.