BFS moves to dismiss frivolous lawsuits

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Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. (BFS) and Ford Motor Co. say there is no justification for an estimated 80 proposed federal class-action lawsuits filed against BFS in the U.S. District Court of Indianapolis.

The lawsuits were filed in conjunction with its August 9, 2000, tire recall. BFS is requesting the lawsuits be dismissed.

"Virtually none of the 220 named plaintiffs alleges ever experiencing a 'tread separation' event with any Firestone tire, and absolutely none alleges ever having a 'rollover' incident with a Ford Explorer," says BFS in legal briefs filed with the court.

The briefs also cite court rulings and federal and state laws supporting the argument that cases which fail to allege any legal injury or damage should be dismissed because there is nothing for the law to remedy.

Ford, which is named in a majority of the lawsuits, co-signed the briefs.

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