INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 5)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. are seeking the dismissal of up to 80 class action lawsuits filed against them in which the plaintiffs suffered no physical injury or financial damages. "Virtually none of the 220 named plaintiffs alleges ever experiencing a `tread separation´ event with any Firestone tire, and absolutely none alleges ever having a `rollover´ incident with a Ford Explorer," according to briefs filed by the companies. "Indeed, from all indications, plaintiffs received thousands of miles of safe, incident-free service from their tires and vehicles. Further, many of the plaintiffs received brand new tires (free of charge) to replace those that had already provided miles of failure-free service." The companies filed their briefs with U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker, who is presiding over the consolidation of more than 200 cases filed nationwide against Bridgestone/Firestone and Ford in connection with the tire firm´s August recall of 6.5 million P-metric light truck tires.
Bridgestone/Firestone, Ford seek dismissal of class action suits
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