Court rules against Fiat Chrysler in case of Jeep fire that killed Bainbridge boy

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By: Associated Press
March 16, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has ruled against Fiat Chrysler, which had appealed a $40 million verdict awarded to the family of a 4-year-old boy who died in a Jeep fire.

Remington "Remi" Walden died in 2012 after the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was hit from behind and burst into flames. The boy's parents argued the company's rear-mounted fuel tank design showed reckless disregard for human life.

Fiat Chrysler had asked the Georgia Supreme Court for a new trial or, barring that, asked for the award to be reduced.

The company said in an emailed statement that it is disappointed in the decision and is considering its legal options.

Jim Butler, a lawyer for the family, said Remi's parents hope this is the end of the legal battle.


By: Associated Press
October 25, 2017

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Fiat Chrysler is asking Georgia's highest court for a new trial after the family of a Bainbridge child who died in a Jeep fire was awarded $40 million.

If the Georgia Supreme Court isn't willing to go that far, Fiat Chrysler is asking for the award to be reduced.

Remington "Remi" Walden died in 2012 after the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was hit from behind and burst into flames. The boy's parents argued the company's rear-mounted fuel tank design showed reckless disregard for human life.

A jury in 2015 awarded the family $150 million, which a judge reduced to $40 million. The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the verdict.



 
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