A lawsuit against Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. resulted in a $32.8 million judgment that the company appealed. The Iowa Court of Appeals just rendered their decision, affirming the lower court verdict award. The case involved a 2007 crash near Bondurant that left one woman dead and another paralyzed. The jurors in the original case found that the tire sold by Cooper contained a manufacturing defect that caused the left rear tire on the van to lose tread. Cooper’s appeal was based on the argument that the court should not have allowed evidence into the record that pertained to tires “substantially different” from the one involved in the accident. The Court of Appeals found no error in the evidence as submitted, and refused to overturn the verdict.
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