$43M Verdict: Lincoln Town Car Design Defect, Product Liability, Wrongful Death
- Dear List:
You may be interested in this case report:
Case: Jablonski v Ford Motor Company, No. 03-L-2027
Venue: Madison County Circuit Court, IL
This is a case where the decedent and his wife were in a Lincoln Town
Car that was struck from behind at a high rate of speed. The impact
jostled a pipe wrench in the trunk which then punctured the trunk's
wall and adjoining fuel tank.
The Jablonski's were severely burned when the fuel ignited and the
Town Car was engulfed in flames. Mr. Jablonski's burns were fatal.
Plaintiff's attorneys proved that Ford was aware that the position of
the gas tank was dangerous. It was the same position as the Crown
Victoria police vehicles that had been in hundreds of fuel tank
explosions from high speed rear end collisions. Ford warned owners
of the Crown Victoria line, but failed to warn similarly designed
Town Cars and the Mercury Grand Marquis.
The jury found that the Town Car was defectively designed. The
plaintiffs were awarded
$43,167,715., of which, $15,000,000. was for punitive exemplary
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- on 5/20/2005 1:26 PM heptinstallconsulting said the following:
> Dear List:I'm always interested in a verdict report out of Madison County. They
> You may be interested in this case report:
> Case: Jablonski v Ford Motor Company, No. 03-L-2027
> Venue: Madison County Circuit Court, IL
> Date: 04-19-2005
are so funny it really brightens the end of the week.
While I sympathize with the loss of Mr. Jablonski and his wife's obvious
physical and mental pain, I wonder if this judgment will withstand
review by the appellate court. Not a few fall short once the appellate
court gets hold of them.
If you were 55 years of age and suddenly lost control and killed your
co-workers over being fired for running through the plant naked as a
jay-bird, this county, MADison (emphasis on MAD) County, IL is where the
survivors and next of kin of your victims would want to bring their
lawsuit against your mother's obstetrician for failing to detect your
violent propensities during the ten seconds he held you in his hands as
your mom gave birth and you know what? They would probably win a
handsome judgment in MADison county.
If it's true that a prosecutor could get a Grand Jury to indict a ham
sandwich, a half way decent plaintiff's attorney could get a judgment
against the MAKER of that ham sandwich simply because he put the wrong
kind of cheese on it. At least he could in MADison county.
> This is a case where the decedent and his wife were in a Lincoln TownAnd if Jablonski had been carrying buckets of gasoline and smoldering
> Car that was struck from behind at a high rate of speed. The impact
> jostled a pipe wrench in the trunk which then punctured the trunk's
> wall and adjoining fuel tank.
rags in the trunk of that car, driving without lights at the time he was
rear-ended, that same jury probably would have come back with even
HIGHER damages because Ford Motor Company didn't have warnings against
the practice in the owners manual and trunk lid.
Any similarity to real life, common sense, and equality found in MADison
county is purely coincidental.
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