On November 19, 2013 a federal court jury in Jackson returned a defense verdict for Ford Motor Co. in a products liability case filed by a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper.
The trooper was injured when his state-issued 2008 Ford Crown Victoria left the roadway and hit a tree at approximately fifty miles-per-hour. The trooper was responding to a wreck on Highway 513 in Clarke County.
The plaintiff alleged that a ball-joint bolt from the lower control arm broke before impact as a result of a manufacturing defect. Plaintiff’s theory was that the bolt breaking caused the trooper to lose control of the vehicle and hit the tree.
A fact witness said he found the broken bolt in the road over 200 feet before the car hit the tree. Ford contended that the ball-joint stud broke when the car hit the tree and that the car drives fine without the bolt.
The jury determined that the vehicle was not defective and returned a defense verdict following a week long trial.
Ford was represented by Barry W. Ford, Bradley W. Smith, Clay Gunn and Sterling Kidd of Baker Donelson’s Jackson office. The Plaintiff was represented by Ashley Ogden and Jim Smith of Ogden and Associates in Jackson.
Judge Carlton Reeves presided over the case.