Boston jury decides in Michelin's favor

Nov. 20, 2002

The jury in the Boston, Mass., rollover case of Lane vs. Michelin Tire North America Inc. ruled in favor of Michelin.

The case stemmed from a 1994 accident in which a van driven by Richard Lane went out of control and rolled over. Lane's lower body was paralyzed.

Plaintiff's attorneys contended that the accident was caused by a defective Uniroyal Laredo tire. The jury disagreed.

"If you analyze the technical and forensic evidence in this case, you conclude the tire was well-built and built as designed," said Richard Hines, one of Michelin's defense lawyers. "The jury accepted the evidence in this case."

"We sympathize with Mr. Lane's situation," said a Michelin spokeswoman. "This verdict is about the jury's response to the facts as presented."