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Monday, December 18, 2006

Snell & Wilmer lawyers Lee Mickus and Kimberly Neville won a defense verdict in Santos v. Ford Motor Company (Sup. Ct. New York, Bronx Co.). The case involved a single vehicle rollover accident of a 1995 Explorer. A 42 year old woman and her 13 year old daughter were killed in the accident and a 21 year-old (current age) son sustained brain injuries.

Plaintiffs claimed damages in excess of $25 million alleging design defects that caused the vehicle to be unstable and prone to rolling over during common evasive driving maneuvers.

Ford successfully moved for the dismissal of plaintiffs’ punitive damage claims at the conclusion of plaintiffs’ case. After seventeen days of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict after four hours of deliberation.

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