SC High Court Sets New Rule In $31M Ford Appeal

Law360, New York (August 18, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of South Carolina has granted Ford Motor Co.'s appeal of a $31 million jury award for a man who suffered brain damage when the 1987 Ford Bronco he was riding in rolled over, ordering a new trial and setting a new product liability rule for the state.

In siding with Ford, the state's high court ruled Monday that the so-called risk-utility test — which requires plaintiffs to lay out a feasible alternative design — is the only type of test that may be...
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