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Goodyear Dealt Devastating Sanctions

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jul 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has a long history of frustrating families and victims of their products.  From silent recalls to a litigation tactic designed to prevent victims and their lawyers from communicating and sharing information, Goodyear has developed a sophisticated process designed to delay accountability and further punish its consumers injured by its tires.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an opinion yesterday that goes a long way toward curbing that behavior.  From now on, in every case, Goodyear must announce to all involved that it - and its lawyers - committed fraud in hiding damning documents in a previous case, one arising out of a serious crash that occurred here in Arizona in 2003.

In that case, the injured family requested -- over and over -- all testing done on the tire at issue.  Goodyear, it turns out, lied and denied the existence of tests.  Well, after the family settled its case with Goodyear, the family's lawyer discovered the very tests he was so diligently trying to get.  The test results were devastating to Goodyear's arguments in the case they successfully settled with the family.   So the lawyer went back to court seeking justice.

It came this week in the form of a Court of Appeals decision that sanctions Goodyear by requiring it to disclose to all future litigants that it and its attorneys engaged in fraud by hiding important, relevant tests that showed problems in its tires.  The court also levied a $2.7 million fine against the company.

You can read the decision here.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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