LOS ANGELES (Aug. 12)—Los Angeles attorney Joseph Lisoni said he will file a class action lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone, seeking the recall of an estimated 27.5 million Firestone Steeltex R4S, R4SII and A/T tires as well as unspecified punitive damages. Lisoni claims to have evidence demonstrating the inherent defectiveness of the tires, and insists that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—which dropped an 18-month investigation of Steeltex tires last April—merely skimmed the surface of the problem. Bridgestone/Firestone said it stands by its internal "early warning" system and the federal government's finding of no defect trend in Firestone Steeltex tires, a company spokeswoman said. "If we identify a defect trend, we aren't afraid to take action," she said. "But we're also concerned when folks are out there, unnecessarily scaring the public."