BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Aug. 8)—Jury selection was completed in one day for the case of Joel Rodriguez and his family against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. Judge Filemon Vega of the U.S. district court in Brownsville said the trial will begin Aug. 13 and last two weeks. Rodriguez, his wife Marisa and their two children were riding in their 1998 Ford Explorer in March 2000 when a Firestone tire on the vehicle failed. The vehicle rolled over, and all four Rodriguezes were injured. Marisa Rodriguez suffered permanent brain damage and is now wheelchair-bound. The Rodriguezes settled in July with Ford Motor Co. and the Ford dealership that sold the Explorer.
Jury selection completed in Rodriguez case
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