AKRON (June 26)—Goodyear plans to appeal a decision by a Denver jury that found the rubber product maker liable for $4 million in damages for defective Entran ll rubber hoses it manufactured for radiant heating systems between 1989 and 1994. Following a seven-week trial, the jury ruled June 19 in favor of 34 homeowners who said the hoses deteriorated and caused damage to their homes. Chiles Power Supply, a bankrupt heating system designer, shared responsibility for the damage, the jury determined. A Goodyear spokesman noted the company was found innocent of a number of charges, including violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. "The verdict was inconsistent with that of a Cleveland jury in February 2000 that found the hose was suitable for this application," he said. "But the Denver jury was not allowed to hear that verdict." He did not say when the appeal would be made.
Goodyear to appeal Entran II hose verdict
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