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Supreme Court affirms $7.1 million verdict

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (DUNCAN LAW FIRM) - On Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed an August 27, 2010 Pine Bluff jury verdict against Ford Motor Company of $7,152,125, which includes 2.5 million in punitive damages for a vehicle rollover accident in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas.

Johnny Washington was killed in the accident on August 23, 2000. The Ford Explorer rolled twice landing upright. During the roll, Johnny Washington, who was belted, was partially ejected from the vehicle suffering injuries that resulted in his death. He was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer down Linden Street at 10:45AM. Phillip Duncan of Little Rock, Arkansas, Richard Denney and Lydia Barrett of Oklahoma and Gene McKissic of Pine Bluff, Arkansas tried the case to verdict on behalf of the Plaintiffs. Little Rock lawyer, Phillip Duncan, commented that "after 13 years of fighting for the Washington family, justice is finally served. I hope this verdict and appeal leads to safer automobiles on the roadways in the future." The trial lasted two weeks often going late nights and early mornings. The Honorable Berlin Jones presided over the trial.

Ford appealed the verdict to the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the jury verdict against Ford finding that Washington "presented substantial evidence of Ford's knowledge of the 1994 Explorer's rollover tendencies." The Court went on to say "there was substantial evidence to support the jury's award of punitive damages in this case."

The Duncan Firm is a Little Rock litigation law firm that has been fighting for injured people over the past three decades including litigating cases up through appeal and is committed to helping people and their families with serious, catastrophic personal injuries including wrongful death through the fault of others.