ORDER AND REASONS
HELEN G. BERRIGAN, District Judge.
This matter comes before the Court on motion to dismiss first amended complaint pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) and 12(b)(6) filed by Pella Corporation ("Pella"). Rec. Doc. 27. Having reviewed the record, the memoranda of counsel and the law, the Court rules as follows.
The plaintiffs in this class action are Louisiana homeowners who live in houses allegedly containing windows manufactured by Pella. They claim that the windows were defective and caused damages to their houses. In the First Amended Complaint filed under 28 U.S.C. § 1332, the plaintiffs include claims for a "national" class action,
Pella argues that the claim set forth in Count XI for declaratory relief should be dismissed because the plaintiffs do not allege an underlying substantive cause of action. The plaintiffs oppose dismissal with the argument that the Court has discretion to declare the rights and other legal relations whether or not other relief is available or being sought under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, because it provides that the court "may declare the rights and other legal relations of any interested party seeking such declaration, whether or not further relief is or could be sought." The plaintiffs also argue that there exists a substantial and continuing controversy between the parties warranting the exercise of the Court's discretion under the statute. Rec. Doc. 31-1 at 6-7. The plaintiffs also allege that they have an independent basis for subject matter jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d). Pella counters that the only remaining claims are based on the Louisiana Products Liability Act, which does not permit equitable determinations such as those sought by the plaintiffs in Count XI.
The Court finds if CAFA continues to provide a basis for subject matter jurisdiction, it does not provide a claim to support a declaratory action. The Court admits to difficulty in understanding the plaintiffs' argument on this issue, and assumes that whatever relief is available on the remaining claims is already being sought by the plaintiffs. In addition, the plaintiffs' explanation of the nature of any "continuing" dispute warranting a declaratory action is not clear to the Court. Nonetheless, the Court does find that the distinct issue whether the LPLA provides the Court with the authority to make equitable determinations, raised by Pella in its reply brief, is not properly presented in the motion to dismiss and would more properly addressed on a motion for summary judgment, accompanied by legal support. The motion to dismiss on this count will be denied, reserving to the defendant the right to challenge the claim on summary judgment, if appropriate.
Next, Pella argues that the plaintiffs have failed to plead the required elements for an express warranty claim under the LPLA in Count VII because they do not allege that they were induced to use the product because of the warranty. The plaintiffs argue in opposition that they have quoted from the Owner's Manual's representations about testing and performance. The Court reads the First Amended Complaint on this claim as alleging that Pella made express representations to induce the purchase of the window, but does not allege that the plaintiffs were induced by any such representation. Under La. Rev. Stat. § 2800.58:
(emphasis added). In order to recover under this statute, the plaintiff must prove: (1) the manufacturere made an express warranty regarding the product, (2) the
The record reflects that the plaintiffs have already amended their complaint once after the defendant filed its first motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs do not request an additional opportunity to amend the complaint with regard to this motion.
IT IS ORDERED that the motion to dismiss first amended complaint pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) and 12(b)(6) filed by Pella Corporation is PARTIALLY GRANTED as to Count VII (¶¶ 119-133), PARTIALLY DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE as to Count XI (¶¶157-160) and DISMISSED AS MOOT as to Counts I-VI (¶¶ 58-118). Rec. Doc. 27.