Levitt stated: "The electronic throttle system takes control of the accelerator from the driver, and when problems occur, the results can be deadly. Other automakers have long recognized the risks associated with electronic throttles, and have implemented safety features when the driver hits the brakes. Ford was aware that technology is available that could fix the problem and save lives, but chose not to do anything about it until only three years ago. Our objective is to see that consumers are properly compensated, and to see that the defects are addressed in all Ford vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2010."
Grant & Eisenhofer has led some of the largest investor recoveries on record in securities class actions, including serving as co-lead counsel to investors in a class action against Tyco International. Levitt, who launched the opening of the firm's Chicago office in January, has served as co-lead counsel in some of the largest class actions in recent years, including securing more than $1 billion in damages for plaintiffs in two of the largest agri/biotech cases in U.S. history. He currently represents car buyers in a product liability class action against Porsche involving claims arising from defective parts in the automaker's Cayenne model (In re Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation), as well as other pending automotive cases against Ford and BMW.
Those seeking additional details or desiring a copy of the new complaint may call the toll-free number: 866-365-8533, or visit www.gelaw.com/ford/.
The case is styled as: Belville, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, Case No. 2:13-cv-11111 (U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, Huntington). Co-counsel to plaintiffs are the law firms of: Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC; The Dicello Law Firm; Bucci Bailey & Javins L.C.; Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny, P.C.; Murray and Murray Co., L.P.A.; Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley PA; Siprut P.C.; Bremer, Whyte, Brown & O'Meara LLP; The Miller Law Firm, P.C.; and Davis, Bethune & Jones, LLC.
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