The Supreme Court has decided to turn down FoMoCo’s appeal of a California decision that granted $82.6 million in damages to Benetta Buell-Wilson, who was involved in an accident that left here paralyzed from the waist down, due mainly to poor production and a risky design that Ford supposedly was aware of.
Ford was not contending the entire award though, just a $55 million portion that was intended as punitive damage. Buell-Wilson was originally awarded a grand sum of $369 million, of which $246 million was for punitive damage. The award was cut twice however.
The jury had concluded that Ford was aware of the defects, which put the car in jeopardy during emergency maneuvers.
– By: Stephen Calogera