ORANGE, Texas (July 9)—"It is certainly likely we will seek an appeal," Sears, Roebuck & Co. said about a $29 million jury award to the family of a Texas man by a state court jury. Terry Tripp died in August 2000 when a Firestone Dueler APT tire on his Chevrolet Blazer allegedly suffered a tread separation, causing the vehicle to roll over. Bridgestone/Firestone was held 65-percent liable in the accident, Sears—at one of whose outlets the tire was purchased and mounted—35-percent liable. "We continue to believe that Sears' handling of the tire was entirely proper and appropriate," a Sears spokeswoman said. A Bridgestone/Firestone spokeswoman said her company won´t appeal, and is finished with the case.
Sears considers appeal of $29 million verdict
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