What Are Some Notable Ford Lawsuits?


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Notable lawsuits against Ford include suits filed against the company over defects in the Ford Pinto, according to Automotive News, and a lawsuit over defective spark plugs settled in 2015, reports Top Class Actions. In the Pinto case, Ford was indicted and prosecuted on criminal homicide charges, states Automotive News.

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A faulty design in Ford Pintos, making their fuel tanks vulnerable to explosions, lead to hundreds of deaths and injuries in the 1970s. More than 100 people filed suits against the company. In addition, it was the first time a U.S. corporation was indicted and prosecuted for homicide. An Indiana jury returned a finding of not guilty on the criminal charges, while a California court awarded $128 million in damages to victims who filed civil suits, notes Automotive News.

In a famous 1927 lawsuit, a citizen named Aaron Sapiro sued Ford founder Henry Ford for libel as a result of alleged defamatory statements made against Sapiro in Ford's newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, according to the American Bar Foundation. The case ended in a mistrial.

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