Law: Ford's $128.5 Million Headache

The trend is toward huge awards to victims

Richard Grimshaw, 13, was riding with a neighbor on a road near San Bernardino, Calif., six years ago when another auto plowed into the rear of their Ford Pinto. The Pinto's gas tank ruptured, filling the passenger compartment with flames that mortally injured the driver and spread burns over 90% of Richard's body. Since then, the badly scarred teenager has undergone more than 50 operations. When the case went before a Santa Ana, Calif., jury six months ago, the plaintiffs charged that even though Ford's own...

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