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Date: 09-14-2005

Case Style: Micky Smith, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, et al.

Case Number: CJ-2004-59

Judge: Tom A. Lucas

Court: District Court, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Randolph W. Barnhart, Englewood, Colorado; Richard L. Denney and Lydia Joann Barrett, Norman, Oklahoma; Russell T. Bowlan, Norman, Oklahoma; Kenneth W. Roesler, Sherman, Texas; David Smith, Norman, Oklahoma

Defendant's Attorney:

Mary Quinn Cooper, Andrew L. Richardson and Thomas E. Steichen Eldridge, Cooper, Steichen & Leach, PLLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Laura Amy Sherry Fischer, Oklahoma City; Roger Owen Housley, Norman Oklahoma; Chrystle R. Howard of Norman; Larry D. Ottaway of Oklahoma City represented Ford Motor Company

Preston Trimble, Norman, Oklahoma represnted Reynolds Ford

Bruce V. Winston, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma represented Five Star Ford.


The Family and Estate of Thomas Brown, et al. sued Ford Motor Company on a wrongful death products liability theory claiming that the 2001 Ford Expedition, purchased at Reynolds Ford in Oklahoma City two days prior to a July 26, 2003, crash on U.S. Highway 64 near Raton, New Mexico, that left five people dead, was defective and unreasonably dangerous. The Plaintiffs claimed that the a wheel bearing failed.

Ford's defense was that the the wheel bearing was neither defective nor unreasonably dangerous and had nothing to do with the subject accident

Outcome: Defendants' verdict.

Plaintiff's Experts: Bob Block, Ph.D. metallurgy Norman, Oklahoma; Larry Owens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Anna Stodola, Denver Colorado, Accident Reconstruction; and Peter Lemmons Oklahoma Health Department re databases

Defendant's Experts: Robert Pascarella Ford Motor Co. automotive design; Greg Smith and Jon Bready Orom Utah accident reconstruction; Ed Caulfield, Ph.D. metallurgy; Anthony Skipper Timkin Bearings

Comments: None

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