BAY CITY, Texas (April 9, 2002)—A Bay City district judge has declared a mistrial in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit stemming from a June 1999 rollover accident.
Morgan Copeland, an attorney for Bridgestone/Firestone breached Judge Craig Estlinbaum's order restricting testimony on the marijuana use of three young women who are suing the tire maker and U-Haul Inc. for the accident that injured them. One of the young women—Erin Brunner, now 22—was left paralyzed and comatose in the accident.
Mr. Estlinbaum scheduled an April 19 hearing to set a new trial date and consider possible sanctions against Bridgestone/Firestone.
In a prepared statement, the tire maker said it was disappointed Mr. Estlinbaum granted the plaintiffs' motion for a mistrial, but added, “We are confident the evidence will show the tires had no connection with this tragic accident.”