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Jury awards $16M to driver in tire case

October 7, 2015
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A Goodyear off-road tire sits on display at a racing event. Photo via wikimedia.org

A jury has returned a $16-million verdict in favor of a man who blamed a tire for a crash.

The verdict was returned Monday in St. Joseph after a two-week trial.

Half the figure represents past and future suffering for the driver, who was left paralyzed. But attorney Craig Hilborn said the amount likely will be reduced because of Michigan's product liability limits and other factors.

Hilborn represents Harry Patel of Montpelier, Ohio, whose Nissan Pathfinder flipped in Berrien County in 2012. The 59-year-old Patel was living in South Bend, Ind. at the time of the crash.

Lawyers for Goodyear Tire & Rubber said the tire was not defective and that it likely hit something, causing tread separation.

The tire was made at a Goodyear factory in Fayetteville, N.C. 

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