5th Circ. Rejects En Banc Bid In Ford Crash Suits

Law360, New York (December 17, 2009, 1:20 PM EST) -- On the heels of a decision that Mexico was the proper venue for the cases, a federal appeals court has refused to grant an en banc hearing of its dismissal of six product liability lawsuits brought against Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone North America Tire LLC over crash injuries.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday denied the plaintiffs' petition for a panel rehearing en banc, sticking with its August decision to boot the suits.

The plaintiffs are Mexican citizens who were...
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