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WTO wins Ninth Circuit reversal and new trial on punitive damages phase of product liability case involving Ford

White v. Ford, 500 F.3d 963 (9th Cir. 2007)

WTO represented Ford Motor Co. in a retrial of a product liability case originally tried by another firm, which had resulted in a nine-figure judgment. The first jury's compensatory damages award was affirmed on appeal. WTO stepped in only on the amount of punitive damages, convincing the second jury to award only one-third of the initial amount. Following retrial, WTO persuaded the Ninth Circuit to overturn the district court's reduced award of punitive damages, which led to a favorable settlement for Ford.

Won a reversal and a new trial on the punitive damages phase of a product liability case originally tried by another firm in 1998. Persuaded the second jury to award only one-third of the amount awarded in the initial trial.