After a six-week product liability trial, a Broward Circuit Court jury in Florida Wednesday awarded $6 million to a 22-year-old man for injuries he suffered five years ago in the rollover of a 1993 Ford Aerostar van.
It was a victory for plaintiff Julian Felipe, who was temporarily paralyzed after the accident, and his attorney, Ervin A. Gonzalez of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables, Fla. The jury found that Ford Motor Co., the sole defendant in the case, was negligent in putting the vehicle on the market with a defect in the design and manufacture of its roof structure that led to a roof collapse. Circuit Judge Thomas M. Lynch IV presided over the case.
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