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PRODUCTS LIABILITY a 13-year-old who was severely injured during a tread separation/rollover accident was awarded $8,371,912 by a Kansas jury on May 7. Cory Pronold was riding in a van owned by Kansas East Youth Services Inc. (KEYS), a Kansas City, Kan.-based nonprofit group, when the tread on the van’s right rear tire separated, causing the rollover and leading to serious injury for Pronold, including partial blindness and limited use of his right (dominant) hand. His parents sued KEYS and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., maker of the failed tire. Bridgestone settled before trial for a confidential amount. The jury found Bridgestone 73% liable and KEYS 27% liable for failing properly to inspect and maintain the tires. A $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages leaves KEYS liable for $1,970,416. Pronold v. Kansas East Youth Services Inc., No. 01-CV-05088 (Johnson Co., Kan., Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Steve N. Six and Scott E. Nutter, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Kansas City, Mo. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Kathleen A. Hardee and Chad C. Lucas, Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, Kansas City; John C. Niemeyer, Niemeyer, Alexander, Austin & Phillips, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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