The 3rd District Court of Appeal handed the Ford Motor Co. a victory Wednesday when it reversed a $60 million jury verdict against the nation’s second-largest automaker involving a fatal rollover crash of an Explorer SUV.

Ford appealed the verdict in June 2006 on the grounds that Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Roberto Pineiro erred by allowing testimony alluding to hundreds of Ford Explorer accidents without requiring the plaintiffs to establish similarities between those accidents and the fatal one that caused the 1997 death of 17-year-old Lance Crossman Hall.

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