Hoffman v Ford Motor Company

Appellees Principal Brief


The trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the trial testimony of plaintiffs’ expert, Dr. Craig Good (“Good”). Good’s opinions were based on sound scientific principles and reliable testing methods accepted by the engineering community. The trial court followed well-established law under Fed.R.Evid. 702 and Daubert v. Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993), in finding Good’s testimony to be relevant and reliable.

Ford's principal brief fails to describe most of the significant evidence which supported the jury’s verdict for Plaintiffs. Ford focuses on one component of Plaintiffs’ evidence – Good’s testimony. Even if the jury ignored Good’s testimony, the verdict would have been for Plaintiffs. Other evidence established that Erica Hoffman was wearing her seat belt when the crash began. Ford’s own internal safety standard required that its buckles must remain latched during a rollover. Because the buckle Erica Hoffman was wearing was defective, it unlatched during the rollover and she was ejected from the car. She became a quadriplegic at age 17.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, 10th Circuit, Colorado | United States

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