Texas judge approves $149 million class action settlement

From R&PN
BEAUMONT, Texas (March 16)–A Texas state district judge in Beaumont has approved an agreement settling 30 different class action lawsuits filed in the wake of the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires in August 2000.

The settlement, which covers a class of about 15 million people, includes a pledge to include cap plies in the manufacture of some 45 different Firestone tire models; a $15.5 million, three-year consumer campaign; and $19 million in attorneys’ fees. The Associated Press estimated the total cost of the…

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