The state Superior Court has affirmed a more than $55 million verdict against Honda Motors in a much-anticipated ruling that further refines Pennsylvania products liability law in the wake of the game-changing 2014 decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the court ruled Wednesday in Martinez v. American Honda Motora case that pit prominent Pennsylvania appellate lawyer Howard Bashman, creator of the How Appealing blog, against Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher litigator Theodore Boutrous Jr. The nonprecedential ruling, which addressed several issues related to Tincher, affirmed the verdict awarded to a man who was paralyzed when his head struck the roof of his 1999 Acura Integra as it rolled after a blowout.

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