Ruling points to damage to tire when it was purchased used
GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 26, 2016 — A Florida jury has ruled unanimously in favor of Michelin North America, Inc., in a high-profile product liability case that included claims filed by three plaintiffs who were involved in a 2009 rollover accident. The crash resulted in catastrophic brain injuries to two minor passengers, ages 14 and 16, and injuries to an adult.
In their closing arguments, the plaintiffs’ lawyers asked the jury to award the victims more than $80 million in damages.
In a statement, the Company said: “Michelin respects the work the jury did to reach its decision. While we sincerely regret this tragic accident and the devastating effects it has had on the Dukes family, the evidence presented throughout the nine-week trial showed that the subject tire was not defective. Evidence proved that the tire was well-designed and well-manufactured but had been previously damaged during its service life and then sold used. The case again highlights the inherent risks of purchasing a used tire. Michelin will continue to vigorously defend the world-class quality of its products and the high-level work of its engineers in these types of cases.”
This latest result follows other recent successes for Michelin in product liability cases, including three dismissals earlier this year in Texas, as well as obtaining a unanimous verdict less than 10 months ago in Arizona.
The case was styled Dukes v. Michelin North America, Inc., et al. (No. 56-2012-CA-002094 and No. 56-2013-CA-001009 (Consolidated Actions), 19th Circuit Court, St. Lucie County, Fla.).
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Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.