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Taylor v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.

Practice Area: Defective and Dangerous Products

Outcome: Favorable

Description: This is the case in which Roberts & Roberts forced Firestone to produce the documents detailing Firestone’s extensive claims history with the Radial ATX and Wilderness lines of tires. These documents were produced under a stringent protective order, but Roberts & Roberts convinced the trial judge to include a “sharing” provision in the protective order. Roberts & Roberts’ client then rejected Firestone’s settlement overtures, while Roberts & Roberts freely shared these documents with approximately 50 other consumer attorneys around the country. When these documents eventually became public, Firestone recalled its tires. Roberts & Roberts as well as its clients’ role in this case were chronicled on CNN and NBC’s Dateline as well as in Time, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, and the Texas Lawyer. This ground breaking case against Firestone is featured in McGraw-Hill’s college textbook on corporate crime entitled Criminology and the Criminal Justice System.

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