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WTO wins unanimous jury defense verdict for Ford in precedent-setting product liability case

Schanel v. Ford (Colo. El Paso Cnty. Dist. Ct. 2010)

In December 2010, a Colorado Springs, Colorado jury awarded a complete defense verdict in favor of WTO's client, Ford Motor Company, in a product liability case. 

The plaintiff brought tort, Consumer Credit Protection Act, and punitive damage claims against Ford based on the alleged sudden acceleration of a 2005 Grand Marquis that resulted in a crash with injuries. The defense argued the crash was the result of driver error. 

This case was precedent-setting for Ford as it was the first electronic throttle control defect claim in the country that Ford had tried to verdict. 

Won a unanimous jury defense verdict from a Colorado district court for Ford Motor Company in a precedent-setting case involving a product liability claim involving an allegedly defective electronic throttle.