Pearsonesque $2 billion consumer-fraud lawsuit against Ford

by Ted Frank on June 18, 2007

The Ford Explorer is a sport utility vehicle. Judge Roy Pearson, excited by the $67 million he anticipates receiving for his pants, is bringing a lawsuit in California claiming that every California Explorer owner is entitled a total of $2 billion from Ford because the Explorer is allegedly prone to rolling over, using the California version of the law that Pearson is bringing his pants-suit over. Note that the damages are not for an actual rollover, just damages because of the “fraud” that the vehicle might roll over, though at least some models of the Explorer are in fact less dangerous than an average SUV in rollovers, and safer than the average vehicle in other types of accidents. (IIHS reports that the average fatality rate for mid-sized 2-door SUVs is 63 per million vehicles, and the average fatality rate for the 2-door Ford Explorer is 49 per million vehicles—and that latter number includes crashes caused by defective Firestone tires. Note that this is publicly available information: where is the fraud?)

Oh, sorry, it’s not Roy Pearson, it’s Arkansas attorney Tab Turner who is bringing the lawsuit. [Hudson Sangree, "SUV rollovers put Ford's future in judge's hands", Sacramento Bee, May 24; official class notice from Sacramento County Court]

But because ATLA and Kia Franklin have condemned Roy Pearson’s lawsuit as a frivolous abuse of justice, I am sure that they will have no compunction against issuing the same criticism against millionaire trial lawyer Tab Turner for bringing a much larger and socially harmful lawsuit that might bankrupt Ford on the same bogus “consumer fraud” legal theory that Pearson used. Of course, there’s a difference between Pearson and Turner: Turner is asking for more money, and his claim has less factual basis.

{ 3 comments }

1 mojo 06.18.07 at 12:24 pm

ATLA? Uh-oh, I think the Justice League of America is gonna sue! Or is it the League of American Justice? Whatever…

2 Stewart Peterson 06.19.07 at 7:35 am

>>though the Explorer is in fact less dangerous than an average SUV in rollovers, and safer than the average vehicle in other types of accidents.

Didn’t stop Ralph Nader from attacking the Pinto.

3 Kevin 06.22.07 at 9:16 pm

From Tab Turner’s website:

“A 1984 graduate from the University of Arkansas, Tab Turner received a J.D. degree with high honors. Turner scored the highest on the Arkansas Bar Examination in January, 1985.”

Is it me, or does this make it sound like he personally took the Arkansas Bar Exam a bunch of times, and he made his personal best in January of 1985?

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