Torts Keyed to Franklin
General Motors Corporation v. Sanchez
Plaintiff left his pickup truck running while he opened a gate and the truck rolled backwards, crushing and killing him. Plaintiff’s estate sued Defendant, alleging a defective transmission design, negligence, and failure to provide appropriate warnings. The jury found for Plaintiff on each of these claims, but also found Plaintiff to be fifty percent responsible for the accident. The trial court awarded the estate $8.5 million in actual and punitive damages. Defendant appealed, arguing that the court should have applied the comparative responsibility statute.
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