Ford Appeals $1.7 Billion Verdict

Bryan Dijkhuizen

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Introduction

A spokesperson of Ford Motor Company said on Sunday that the carmaker intends to file an appeal of the $1.7 billion decision against it after an incident involving a pickup truck that resulted in the deaths of a Georgia couple.

Legal Action

The decades-long legal action concerning what the plaintiffs' attorneys termed dangerously faulty roofs on Ford pickup vehicles was decided by jurors in Gwinnett County late last week, a lawyer for the plaintiffs named James Butler Jr. said Sunday. Gwinnett County is located just northeast of Atlanta.

“While our sympathies go out to the Hill family, we do not believe the verdict is supported by the evidence, and we plan to appeal,” Ford said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday.

Butler said that the evidence presented in the case left him speechless.

“I used to buy Ford trucks,” Butler said on Sunday. “I thought nobody would sell a truck with a roof this weak. The damn thing is useless in a wreck. You might as well drive a convertible.”

According to a transcript of a defense lawyer's closing arguments, the automobile manufacturer based in Michigan wanted to defend the company against allegations "that Ford and its engineers acted willfully and wantonly, with a conscious indifference for the safety of the people who ride in their cars when they made these decisions about roof strength," the lawyer said.

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