In re Ford Motor Co. E-350 Van Products Liability Litigation (No. II)

2008 WL 4126264 (2008)

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In re Ford Motor Co. E-350 Van Products Liability Litigation (No. II)

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2008 WL 4126264 (2008)

RW

Facts

Ford Motor Company (Ford) (defendant) equipped each of its E-350 vans with 15 seats. Ford advertised the vehicle as a “15-passenger” vehicle, “very safe,” and “America’s most trustworthy” van. In fact, the E-350’s defective design gave the van a high center of gravity that made the E-350 unusually prone to rollovers. Consumers (plaintiffs) brought a class-action lawsuit against Ford for misrepresenting, as suitable, a van that was unsafe and therefore unsuitable for transporting 15 passengers. Ford defended its E-350 advertising as an example of nonactionable puffing and moved to dismiss the case.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ackerman, J.)

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