DES MOINES, Iowa
April 25, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The
Court of Appeals has upheld a
jury verdict against
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
(NYSE: CTB) in a tire-tread separation accident that killed one person and injured several others.
The ruling affirms a 2010 jury verdict issued in
District Court that found Cooper Tire responsible for the
Sept. 17, 2007
, fatal rollover crash involving a group of employees from a local meatpacking plant who were carpooling in a van to work.
The crash on Highway 65 between
claimed the life of Assata Karlarj. Passenger Ivon Toe was paralyzed in the accident, and
, Jailah Nayou and
Achol Deng Mawien
were severely injured.
Wesley Todd Ball
trial law firm
Farrar & Ball, LLP
served as lead counsel for the six passengers and their families, along with attorney
of the James Law Firm in
of The Edwards Law Firm in
Corpus Christi, Texas
Trial evidence showed that the rollover crash resulted from a tire defect that caused a catastrophic tread separation of the van's left rear tire. The victims' attorneys also told jurors how Cooper Tire executives knew that an updated tire design would be safer, but delayed necessary changes in order to save money. The trial court jury found that Cooper Tire defectively designed and manufactured the Cooper Lifeliner Classic II tire.