Law: Who Pays for the Damage?

Pintos, Agent Orange and asbestos await court answers

In a courtroom in Winamac, Ind., last week, former Watergate Prosecutor James F. Neal was asking prospective jurors in his Tennessee drawl what cars they owned and whether they had heard of Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader. When Raymond Schramm responded that a member of his family had a 1976 Pinto, the attorney, now representing the Ford Motor Co., asked him if that might affect his judgment. "I don't think so," Schramm replied. "I used to drive a Corvair."

Though the remark brought guffaws, the basic issue before...

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