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Ford Settled Several Truck-Rollover Lawsuits Before $1.7B Verdict, Expected To Argue Favoring Super Duty Trucks

  • Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will argue for a new trial in the Georgia truck rollover lawsuit that resulted in a $1.7 billion jury verdict.

  • The case involves the roof strength of older-model Super Duty pickups.

  • Some twenty years back, Ford settled several similar lawsuits alleging that people were killed or seriously injured in heavy-duty truck rollovers in which the roof collapsed.

  • Before the $1.7 billion jury verdict, Ford was slapped at least 58 times in lawsuits involving rollovers and allegations of roof crush on heavy-duty trucks made during that 17-year period, according to complaints identified and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

  • Also see: Jim Farley Spells Out No. 1 Priority For Ford — No, It's Not Electric Vehicles.

  • The Georgia lawsuit emerged from a 2014 rollover crash killing an elderly couple driving a Ford F-250 pickup.

  • The plaintiffs' lawyers say the victims were crushed inside the truck when the roof collapsed. Ford has argued that the trucks aren't defective and that the roof structure is safe.

  • The Journal's review of these complaints shows that 38 people died due to the accidents cited in the lawsuits, and several were seriously injured.

  • Price Action: F shares are up 0.25% at $12.15 during the premarket session on the last check Monday.

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