The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of $82.6 million verdict against Ford Motor Company. In the appeal, Ford’s product liability lawyers argued that Ford should not have to pay $55 million in punitive damages awarded in a Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit because the design met federal safety standards.
No question, $82 million is a chunk of change. But Plaintiff was paralyzed in the crash. All of us would take being able to walk over $82 million.
The jury obviously was sending Ford a message in this case.