The punitive damages phase of a three-week product liability trial against Ford Motor Co. in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville has concluded with a jaw-dropping, history-making award: $1.7 billion.

That’s what a Gwinnett County State Court jury said Friday Ford must pay in a case brought by Kim Hill, 55, the eldest son of Melvin and Voncile Hill, and his younger brother, Adam Hill, 52. They sued Ford, alleging the crushed roof on their parents’ F-250 pickup truck was to blame for their deaths in 2014 when a tire blew out and caused them to roll off the road.

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