CooperTire v. Mendez
Cooper Tire v.Mendez
In this case,the plaintiff was involved in an accident while driving his minivanas a result of a rear tire manufactured by cooper tire losing itstrend. Mendez lost control and the minivan rolled several times. Fourout of the six passengers in the van died. A close examination of thetire revealed a nail had punctured it. Mendez and the other survivorsued the Cooper tire for manufacturing defect products and the juryawarded them with over 11 million dollars in damages. The court ofappeal affirmed, but Cooper appealed. The High Court ruled that thetestimony relied upon by Mendez and co. to establish their claim wasnot reliable (Dunn, 2007). The Texas high court did not order anew trial because faulty testimony presented by the expert meant theplaintiff lost the case as it relied on unreliable claims. The lawrequires that when a case relies on expert testimony, which isrejected because of its lack of scientific prove, then the courtshould grant summary judgment to the defendant and should not allowanother trial on the matter. The Supreme Court instructed courts todo away with any evidence that lacks scientific prove or that isunreliable (Tarr, 2007). Although the jury believed in theexpert testimony presented for plaintiff, the judgment did not standbecause the expert presented a theory that was unreliable and shouldnot have been admitted. The only publication that the expert had tosupport his wax contamination theory was his own book that suggestedliner marks indicate poor adhesion. There is no evidence inscientific research indicating a general acceptance that the waxcontamination causes tread separation. In short, the novel theorypresented by the plaintiff’s experts did not meet the scientificand reliability standards for the admission of expert standards(Meiners et al, 2012).
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