• Aug 4, 2009
As another costly Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit finally bogs to a close, the attorneys have again emerged standing on top of the flotsam. This suit, filed in California on behalf of consumers in four states who leased or bought 1991 to 2001 Ford Explorers, alleged the rollover problems associated with their vehicles diminished resale values (the lawsuit excluded personal injuries or wrongful death claims). The final settlement, authorized by a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge, awarded each of the class members $500 discount coupons towards the purchase of a new Ford SUV, or $300 towards another Ford vehicle.

While the attorneys argued the lawsuit was valued at $500 million (assuming that nearly one million consumers would flock to dealerships and cash-in those nifty coupons for new Fords), the settlement is really only costing the automaker about $27 million. All told, the attorneys will pocket an impressive $25 million of the bounty, while another $950,000 is donated to the Automotive Safety Research Institute for "research into protecting passengers in rollover accidents." The balance (at most $846,500) will go to the 1,693 class members who applied for the $500 certificates before the April 2008 cutoff. In case you were wondering... as of this June, only 75 of the vouchers ($37,500 worth) had been redeemed.

[Source: The Associated Press (via Yahoo) | Image: Alex Wong/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is bull. You can't sue an automaker because a bad reputation could cause low resale. My sister should sue Hyundai/Kia because they made terrible cars, so the resale on her '06 Spectra could be low. Those greedy ambulance chasers who took the case should be burned at the stake for reducing our tort system to the world's biggest checkbook.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um...clearly you CAN sue for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "applied for the $500 certificates before the April 2008 cutoff."

      That would have been really nice to know. We have a qualifying vehicle, but weren't made aware of the class action suit. At least the lawyers got paid.

      While I'm annoyed that we've been excluded, the whole lawsuit is stupid. Our vehicle is extremely stable on the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Run your tires down 15 psi, drive recklessly, don't even think about buckling up, and when something happens blame Ford. It's the American way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm its been like this forever, I dont know why anyone is even remotely shocked.

      Lawyers are not the only ones that rob people, CEOs, Doctors, Politicians, are no better than the Lawyers.


        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because our politicians tend to fit under the other categories you mentioned, and have a personal agenda to push. This isn't surprising, but I'm disgusted nonetheless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no comparison at all. CEOs and doctors produce something. If they stopped showing up for work the economy would collapse in weeks.

        Trial lawyers and politicians produce nothing at all, they redistribute stuff that other people produced with the lion's share going to themselves. If they stopped showing up for work it would be a good start.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Simply unbelievable... I don't know what is really going on with this country but looking at it for the past 15 years, average life of an average citizen is deteriorating and thats a fact... Common sense is rather uncommon... And education system in this country is set up in such a way that you specialize in just one field and thats it (no broad knowledge about history/geography of our own planet), average American doesn't know what the hell is really going on around the world. Good Morning America news starts off with Michael Jackson (for 15 minutes and please leave it alone, he is not comming back) while not talking too much about the world, which indirectly affects us, the economy, war in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, simply amazing how the media is simply ignoring/dumbfounding this nation. But we still have iPhones, Tommy Hilfiger, credit cards and thats all that really matters.

      People in this country lost their guts, they do exactly what they government tells them to do. Free thinking is rather dead. What happened to good ol' riots, strikes, to show the man on top that people care and won't be easily intimidated. Without US consumers, corporations around the world wouldn't generate such heavy profits for years, without US workers, US employers are also nothing, and vice versa. Greed has taken over the people on top like there is no tomorrow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll have you know that I use my iPhone for educational purposes. Not everyone who owns one uses it for fart soundboards...
        • 5 Years Ago
        " What happened to good ol' riots, strikes, to show the man on top..."

        LMAO are you kidding me??

        Ah yes, good ol' riots. Death and injury of the citizens. Alot of good that has done us. How about a little less Malcolm X and a little more MLK Jr. eh?

        Reading your post, the only thing missing is a "You damn kids stay off my lawn!!" thrown in for good measure. I think it's rearing in on your mid day nap, pops.

        LOL a good laugh nonetheless!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Cody, yeah I bet you are one of those that likes to nicely bend over without any word and take it up the rear end by the government. Sometimes you need drastic actions to get a point across. Right now the governemnt is working against you and not for you like it is supposed to. Most governement officials work for special interest groups and all they care about is their own wallet. Its obvious that the current (and previous administration) has no clue wtf they are doing and part of that problem is that they don't understand the world (it's culture/history/religion). They though USA can go at it alone but boy were they wrong. They need a huge wake up call from the US citizens. Otherwise they will continue to F this country even further. Look at the current debt, value of dollar, average standard of living here in USA, we are far from the greatest nation in the world. Yeah sure we got all the latest and greatest military gadgets in the world but at what cost? War in Iraq, on daily basis we are losing our men and nothing has been accomplished there, whats worse is that Saddan Hussein was trained and put in place by CIA in the early 1980s and the same country that put it him there, took him out... Read some books my son, you'll see how screwed up this country is. And whats worse is that they want the American "freedom" to be spread all around the world.

        Look at the top 10 most livable countries in the world (no, USA is not there), all of them have public health care system and it works, something that the insurance lobby in this country is despising and pouring millions of dollars into anti-government health care propaganda. Right now most of the people that have health care is tied up to the place they work, minute you lose a job, you lose your coverage, and the coverage that you have has lots of limits, deductibles, they won't cover this, you gotta dispute that, whatever we current;y have is broken and needs a major overhaul.

        And btw, I don't think I qualify to the "pops" category, I am in my early 30s but I have been and lived around the world and can tell you US is far behind in some of the most basic social issues that it's not even funny. Some people here despise the European Union model but I can tell you this, an average citizen would be better off there than it is here, sure you'll get taxed the crap put of you but at least you actually get a lot in return. Look at the corporations and their "capitalistic" ways, the minute everything started to crumble, where did they run??? The government of course... So please spare me of all that capitalistic crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's why I never take part in these scams.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, some of the tort law stuff out there is amazingly stupid. The lady that burned herself with, get this, hot coffee at McDonalds sued based on tort law accusing McDonalds for being negligent and not warning her that coffee is hot and not to squeeze a cup between your legs because it might spill and burn you. Or The guy who sued Toro and won because even though there are warnings not to put your hand in the blade of your lawn mower, there was none warning you not to lift your mower off the ground and use it as a hedge trimmer causing the poor guy to cut up his foot....

      But back to class action lawsuits, that's amazingly crazy that the lawyers made so much money off of it. And it is crazy that people actually complained about an SUV being able to roll over easier than a car. Imagine if semi truck drivers started suing companies because they can roll over at far lower speeds than an SUV... Of course, that won't happen because they warn you of that in CDL training. But seriously, what the heck will people sue for next. I used to tell my friends that I was gonna make it rich by doing something incredibly stupid and inappropriate with some device, hurt myself, then sue for tort.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not surprised. I've never seen a class action lawsuit where the lawyers didn't make out like bandits while the plaintiffs get a "nickel" for their trouble. These types of lawsuits are designed for the enrichment of lawyers. Hey I wonder if the dems would like to nationalise the atorney industry?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The real question is who exactly are the 75 morons that sued Ford for their Explorer rolling over then got all excited over a $500 coupon and completely forgot about the whole thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They didn't even get $100 cash? All they got was coupons? That is quite the settlement prize. LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who says we need tort reform?

      Too bad Ford didn't go the way of GM, then they could just send all the lawyers to "Old Ford" and tell them to try and collect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is just disgusting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such a BS lawsuit...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm missing something here, but a $500 coupon for an SUV?? It's possible, without even trying very hard, to haggle $5000 off an Expedition and even the Explorer. Some settlement...
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