INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 1, 2001)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has asked U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker to dismiss an estimated 80 proposed federal class-action lawsuits filed against the company.
The lawsuits, filed in connection with the Aug. 9 recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires, represent individuals seeking cash payments from BFS and a court order to expand the scope of the company´s recall. None of the plaintiffs have suffered financial or physical injury from Firestone tires, according to BFS.
Attorneys for the Nashville, Tenn.-based tire maker submitted legal briefs Jan. 29, co-signed by Ford Motor Co., citing federal and state laws and court rulings that support the argument that cases which fail to allege any legal injury or damage should be dismissed because there is nothing for the law to remedy.
"Virtually none of the 220 named plaintiffs alleges ever experiencing a `tread separation´ event with any Firestone tire, and absolutely none alleges ever having a `rollover´ incident with a Ford Explorer" the briefs state.
The motion also seeks dismissal of the "master complaint" comprising the various class-action suits, which are part of the multi-district litigation placed under Judge Barker in Indianapolis to coordinate the pre-trial phase of the federal cases against BFS and Ford.