Lawyers in our firm have represented numerous individuals in several cases who either lost loved ones or were themselves severely injured when the RV they were traveling in became impossible to control due to a Goodyear G159 tire failure and/or tread separation. After long tough battles, our firm was able to discover Goodyear’s actual knowledge and why the G159 is not safe for RVs. Most critical, we were able to discover how Goodyear’s own testing demonstrated that the tire was not safe before it even sold a single G159 tire to RV manufacturers and owners, knowing the RVs would be used to transport families on vacations over our country’s highways. We found out what Goodyear knew and used that information in our cases.
Recently the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Arizona Federal Court’s opinion that sanctioned Goodyear and some its lawyers $2.7 million dollars for committing fraud and deliberately withholding critical testing that had been requested repeatedly in a G159 case in Arizona. In its decision, the Court of Appeals highlighted the District Courts language:
Litigation is not a game. It is the time-honored method of seeking the truth, finding the truth, and doing justice. When a corporation and its counsel refuse to produce directly relevant information an opposing party is entitled to receive, they have abandoned this basic principle in favor of their own interests. The little voice in every attorney’s conscience that murmurs turn over all material information was ignored.
In confirming the sanctions the Appeals Court found the undisclosed test crucial to the Plaintiffs. Hopefully, Goodyear will learn from the 9th Circuit’s Order. In addition, Goodyear needs to do the right thing and finally recall and replace every G159 tire that remains on RVs today. These tires, which were never safe for RVs, are now more than 10 years old and even more dangerous due to age. Because RVs are used very little each year, hundreds of these tires are still on vehicles today. The next tragedy could happen tomorrow. So the ball is clearly in Goodyear’s court and the company should take action immediately.
If you need more information on this subject, contact Rick Morrison, a lawyer in our firm who handles tire litigation. He can be reached at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rick.Morrison@beasleyallen.com.
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