MIAMI (Dec. 8)—Goodyear may seek contempt citations against plaintiffs' attorneys in a Miami product liability case if they release Goodyear design documents to the public, even though a state appeals court gave the lawyers permission to do so.
The Akron-based tire maker said it will file for a rehearing of the decision in Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeal that reinstated a $1.8 million jury verdict set aside by a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge, and also allowed the dissemination of design secrets gathered by the plaintiffs that Goodyear claims proprietary information. "There absolutely are trade secrets in those papers," a Goodyear spokesman said. "We ask that they be sealed to keep them from falling into the hands of our competitors."
The appeals court gave Goodyear until Dec. 15 to file for a rehearing, but the spokesman said the company has asked for an extension.