TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 7)—Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth said his state, and probably others as well, will sue Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. for alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices regarding the Ford Explorer and its original equipment Firestone ATX and Wilderness AT tires. "With what information we have, both Ford and Firestone knew they had a problem, and yet they continued to sell a product," Butterworth told the "South Florida Sun-Sentinel." A spokesman for Butterworth's office said the attorney general is working with attorneys general from other states on an investigation of Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone. "When and how this investigation will conclude, I couldn't tell you," he said. "But the attorney general feels that from what he's seen so far, it inevitably will lead to a complaint being filed." The spokesman said it is likely several states would sue in unison. He couldn't identify all the states involved in the investigation, but said the "core group" included Tennessee, Texas, Georgia and Florida. In a prepared statement, the tire maker said it has cooperated with the state attorneys general on the investigation for the past six months.
Florida set to sue Ford, Bridgestone/Firestone
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