Court rules on $ 66 million injury lawsuit against Michelin> GSA Business

A Dorchester County court has ruled unanimously in favor of Greenville-based Michelin North America following a $ 66 million product liability case that arose out of a motorcycle accident in 2017 .

The plaintiffs in this case, Ron and Rose Nash, claimed that a defective tire, purchased from Asheville’s MR Cycles and manufactured by Michelin North America, caused the crash when it suddenly exploded on US Highway 78 in the county. rural Dorchester, according to court documents.

The accident resulted in “catastrophic injuries” for the two plaintiffs, according to the Michelin statement, and the permanent paralysis of Ron Nash, the driver.

In 2019, Rose Nash filed her complaint with the Dorchester County Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial Circuit, alleging that MR Cycles and Michelin were responsible for the plaintiffs’ injuries, lost wages and medical bills.

In closing arguments, counsel for the plaintiffs suggested that the jury award them $ 66 million in damages, according to the press release. Michelin has denied the allegations and asked for more evidence. The defendants also called for the application of the 2005 Law on Economic Development, Citizens and Protection of Small Businesses.

According to a summary by Collins & Lacey, the law ensures that defendants who are liable for less than 50% of a claim are only liable for the proportion of the damage caused, unless the defendant’s conduct is found to be “willful.” , blind, reckless, grossly negligent or intentional, ”as the Nash family claim.

The jury unanimously rejected the plaintiff claiming that Michelin or MR Cycles were responsible for the accident, according to the verdict of November 18.

“Michelin respects the work of the jury in reaching its decision,” the company said in a statement. “While we sincerely regret this tragic accident and the devastating effects it had on the Nash family, evidence presented throughout the eight-day trial showed that the accident resulted from severe underinflation and d ‘improper maintenance of the Michelin tire, not a manufacturing defect. Michelin will continue to vigorously defend the world-class quality of its products and the high-level work of its engineers in such cases. “

Yarbourough Applegate of Charleston represented the plaintiffs and the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough office of Columbia represented Michelin North America in this matter.

The Charleston company, Wall Templeton and Haldrup, represented MR Cycles.

Contact Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.

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