Acosta v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
717 F.2d 828 (1983)
Wilfredo Acosta (plaintiff) suffered injuries after the rear wheel of his used motorcycle hit a ditch and collapsed. Acosta brought suit against the motorcycle’s manufacturers, including Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Honda) (defendant), on claims of negligence and strict products liability. The evidence did not show any previous complaints or lawsuits by consumers with respect to the wheel on the model of motorcycle driven by Acosta. The jury delivered a verdict for Acosta on the strict-liability claim and assessed punitive damages against Honda. Honda appealed, arguing that punitive damages were not applicable. The United States Court of Appeals granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Becker, J.)
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