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Louisiana Supreme Court rejects Goodyear’s appeal of $7.2M tire defect verdict

Victim suffered mortal injuries when a G182 tire experienced a “zipper failure” and ruptured as he was inflating it

New Orleans—The Louisiana Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., leaving in place a $7.2 million wrongful death verdict for the family of a Plaquemines Parish man who was killed when a defective Goodyear G182 tire suddenly exploded. Interest accrued during Goodyear’s appeal brings the award to nearly $8.9 million.

It is the latest defeat for Goodyear in the case of Breaux v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. stemming from a February 2014 incident in which Elwood Breaux Jr. suffered mortal injuries when a G182 tire experienced a “zipper failure” and ruptured as he was inflating it. 

A three-judge panel from Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal previously found that the trial judge had ruled properly that Goodyear had not carried out its duty to warn about its tires’ dangers and how to avoid injury.

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