Colp v. Ford Motor Co
PHMY’s David Prichard successfully defended Ford Motor Company before a Georgia state court jury in January 2007. The case arose out of a moderate impact into the side of a 1995 Ford Aerostar minivan. The plaintiff sustained profound head injuries. He died seven years after the accident.The plaintiffs sued Ford alleging that the sliding door latching system on the van was defective, allowing it to come open in the accident. Ford contended that the door came open as a result of inadvertent actuation of the door handle rather than any alleged defect. After a half day of deliberation, the jury unanimously agreed with Ford, absolving the manufacturer of any liability.