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Supreme Court Allows No-Lap-Belt Preemption Ruling to Stand, Automotive Litig. Rep., at 10

Date: 12.31.02

Citing its 2000 decision in Geier v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 2, 2002, declined to review an Arizona appeals court ruling (Hernandez-Gomez v. Volkswagen of America Inc.) that claims involving a rollover accident and the lack of a manual lap belt are preempted by the NTMVSA.  WTO attorney Mal Wheeler had represented Honda in Geier.

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