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SobeSVT
03-22-2007, 01:36 PM
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AP
$15M Jury Verdict Against Ford Tossed
Thursday March 22, 11:26 am ET
Unprecedented $15M Jury Award Thrown Out; New Trial for Ford

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A U.S. federal judge threw out a $15 million jury verdict and ordered a new trial in a lawsuit against Ford by a Tulsa couple whose son died in a rollover crash in November 2003.
U.S. Chief District Judge Claire Eagan said Ford Motor Co. showed in post-trial motions that "it was prejudiced by plaintiffs' counsel's conduct, and the jury's unprecedented verdict for noneconomic damages supports this conclusion."

"Based on the cumulative error in this case and the size of the jury's verdict, the court has no doubt that the proper remedy is to order a new trial," she ruled Tuesday.

Tulsa jeweler Kevin Moody and Veronica Moody filed the lawsuit Nov. 18, 2003, about 10 months after their 18-year-old son, Tyler Moody, died in a rollover crash in Tulsa. A jury found in their favor in November, last year.

The lawsuit said the Explorer's roof had "an inadequate roof-crush tolerance," and that Tyler Moody became trapped in the vehicle with the roof pushing his neck into his chest.

The plaintiffs' attorney, Clark Brewster, said that the basis for the judge ordering a new trial involved matters "that -- for the most part -- were completely unobjected to at trial."

Ford attorney Mary Quinn Cooper praised the judge's decision.

"We're looking forward to retrying the case on a level playing field," she said.

The judge set a July 16 trial date.

"We're confident that when a jury hears the relevant facts, free from the shadow of abuse cast over the first trial, they will conclude that Ford was not responsible for this tragic accident," Ford said in a written statement Wednesday.

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ndwariga
03-22-2007, 01:44 PM
Itís sad that most people these days do not take responsibility for their responsibility. I feel bad for this couple. If it can be avoided, no parent should have to burry a child, but... rolling an SUV is pretty easy, even when it has stability control. At some point, you got to understand that Ford Motor Co was not driving that vehicle.ffice
Oh well, I do not know any engineering, but in most of these cases, I am pre disposed to see it as a gold digger enterprise lawsuit<O:p

igor
03-22-2007, 02:03 PM
^^^ very true - I should sue Ford because my door was damaged when I tried to pass a car backing into a parking spot .. and clipped he car ..

they should have made the door firmer, or the car narrower or SOMETHING just so my stupidity would have not cause about $1000 of camage...

(oh well - sold the car with the damage without anyone noticing :D)..

Igor

SobeSVT
03-22-2007, 02:04 PM
^^^ very true - I should sue Ford because my door was damaged when I tried to pass a car backing into a parking spot .. and clipped he car ..

they should have made the door firmer, or the car narrower or SOMETHING just so my stupidity would have not cause about $1000 of camage...

(oh well - sold the car with the damage without anyone noticing :D)..

Igor

You sold your Mazda3? :eek:

igor
03-22-2007, 02:06 PM
You sold your Mazda3? :eek:

no this was on the Focus that I traded in for the Mazda ... my stupid impulse-buy --> buyer's-remorse 6 months, which in the end cost me $3k ... :(

Oh well .. .I learned ..

no my Mazda3 is still with me ... sitting pretty :D

Igor