Automakers’ pleas went unanswered Wednesday as the California Supreme Court refused to review or de-publish a ruling that leaves Ford Motor Co. on the hook for $82.6 million in damages and will probably expose the auto industry to greater liability for defective vehicles.

Theodore Boutrous Jr., a partner in Los Angeles’ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who represents Ford in the case, said the court’s decision “leaves California product liability law in a state of havoc.” He claims the underlying ruling “is bad for both businesses and consumers and violates due process.”

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