Michelin to appeal outcome of $32.4 million lawsuit

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Michelin North America Inc. is appealing a court decision that it must pay a woman injured in a car accident $32.4 million.

Drusilla Boudreaux, 54, of Louisiana was paralyzed after the car she was riding in skidded off a wet road and crashed. She claimed that Michelin has failed to properly warn consumers and dealers that new tires should be placed on rear axles "if you just buy two new ones," her attorney said. He added that placement on the front axle increases the chance that a driver can lose control in wet conditions.

A Michelin spokeswoman said the company was surprised by the ruling, and did not know from what data the ruling was based.

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