A jury in New Port Richie, Florida, has returned a $5,661,000 verdict against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The case involved a tread/belt detachment on a right front Goodyear G159 tire mounted on a Class A mobile home. The verdict was all compensatory damages. The claims against Fleetwood Motor Homes, the RV manufacturer, and the retailer were severed because of their bankruptcies. The case was tried only against Goodyear. The victim, who died of natural causes two years before the trial started, suffered the loss of both legs below the knee. His widow received severe facial injuries, but has recovered. This was the third largest verdict in the history of Pasco County. Chris Roberts, a lawyer with Smith & Fuller, located in Belleair Bluffs, Florida, represented the plaintiff and did a very good job.
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