Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ford Exec Must Testify On Acceleration Discovery, Drivers Say

Ford Acceleration Class Action Lawsuits May Be Joined

In at least 14 states, drivers of Ford vehicles have joined Ford acceleration lawsuits. These Ford acceleration lawsuits allege that something is dangerously wrong with their Ford vehicles.
According to allegations made in Ford acceleration lawsuits, some Ford vehicles suddenly accelerate without any way of slowing them down. If true, this alleged Ford acceleration problem could be extremely dangerous, as it could cause a car to barrel through traffic with little control.
Two Ford acceleration class action lawsuits have been filed. Both were filed in a West Virginia district court.
A motion has been filed to combine the two Ford class action lawsuits on the ground that the cases are very similar, making them ideal for inclusion in a single Ford acceleration lawsuit.
Allegations in Ford acceleration lawsuits hold that a variety of vehicles manufactured by Ford — some sold under other brand names like Mercury — may have whatever defect is causing the Ford sudden unintended acceleration. This includes Ford cars in the 2002 to 2010 model years, including the Ford Taurus, the Ford Thunderbird, the Lincoln Town Car, the Mercury Mountaineer, and others.
In a class action lawsuit, a group of plaintiffs that have all suffered similar alleged harm at the hands of the same defendant band together and file as a group. This helps streamline the legal process by consolidating the cases into a single Ford acceleration lawsuit.
Additionally, plaintiffs can share legal fees, making it more economical. At the same time, the defendants only face a single lawsuit, so they do not have to spend the resources to engage in multiple lawsuits. Under some situations, individual cases can be merged into a class action suit after they have been filed.
The Ford acceleration lawsuits allege that plaintiffs would not have purchased a Ford vehicle if they were aware of the risk of sudden unintended acceleration. Other allegations in the Ford acceleration lawsuits include assertions that Ford advertises its vehicles as safe and reliable, despite the possibility of sudden unintended acceleration, and that the vehicles have inadequate safeguards to prevent sudden unintended acceleration.
The Ford Acceleration Lawsuit is Case No. 12-cv-06529, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Huntington).
In general, Ford sudden acceleration lawsuits are filed individually by each plaintiff and are not class actions.

Ford Exec Must Testify On Acceleration Discovery, Drivers Say

Law360, New York (October 9, 2015, 9:32 PM ET) -- Ford has “exaggerated” its concerns about the burden of complying with a discovery order that would require an executive to testify about its document collection practices in sudden-acceleration litigation, members of a putative class told a West Virginia federal judge Friday.

The lead plaintiffs — who either owned or leased Ford Motor Co. vehicles allegedly prone to sudden, unintended acceleration — claim the automaker has hindered the discovery process with "obfuscation, delay and a lack of transparency," and are seeking to depose a Ford executive about...