The Litigation Lobby is howling with outrage over a provision in proposed new federal rules prescribing roof strength in passenger vehicles. The provision would cut off future liability lawsuits based on allegations that car roof designs that comply with the standard are defectively weak. Put differently, the rule would prevent lawyers and juries from endlessly second-guessing the standard once set and compelling automakers to pay large judgments even when they fully complied with the rule. Public comment is open for 90 days and the usual suspects can be expected to push a substantial campaign to derail the provision. (Detroit News first/second article).
NHTSA pre-emption: trial lawyers hit the roof