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Law360 Highlights 3rd Circuit Victory for Day Pitney Client Ford

Publisher: Law360
August 25, 2013

The Third Circuit sided with Day Pitney client Ford Motor Co. in an August 25th ruling overturning an approximately $30 million jury award to 11 former Ford Motor Co. heavy-duty truck dealers. The truck dealers alleged that Ford breached its contracts when it ceased manufacturing the trucks after selling off the unprofitable business line in 1997. Law 360 highlighted the victory in an article, "3rd Circ. Overturns $30M Verdict for Ford Truck Dealers" that was published on August 26. According to the story, a three-judge panel ruled in favor of Ford, holding that specific language in the sales and service agreement between Ford and the heavy-duty truck dealers said the company could "discontinue any heavy-duty truck or other company product at any time without liability to the dealer," reversing a previous judgment and vacating the $29.6 million in damages that a New Jersey federal jury had awarded in 2012 to the truck dealers. Partners Dennis LaFiura and Paul Halasz represented Ford in the case along with other co-counsel.


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