Judge Lops Off Class In Ford Transmission Suit

Law360, New York (August 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge on Thursday dismissed part of a proposed class action against Ford Motor Co. over alleged transmission defects in its minivans, tossing a Pennsylvania class' claims but keeping six other state classes alive.

The plaintiffs claim that a design defect in 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles' torque converter, which acts as a bridge between the engine and the transmission, directly caused transmission failures in their vehicles. They accuse Ford of knowing about the defect but failing to take action...
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