A woman injured in a 1992 accident and her husband are awaiting an Atlanta federal judge's decision on whether they will get a new trial against General Motors.
Jacqueline Henderson, 40, was paralyzed from the midchest down after she hit a brick and concrete mailbox with her 1990 Pontiac Bonneville, went into a culvert and made one full rollover.
She and her husband sued GM in 1994 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. They claimed that manufacturing defects caused the roof of the car to crush excessively, according to court documents.
Plaintiffs had sought $2.8 million in damages.
GM claimed that Henderson's injuries were caused by the side impact, not the rollover. 'The car was not defective,' said Lanny Bridgers of King & Spalding in Atlanta, who represented GM.
After a four-week trial, a jury decided that GM was not liable and that the car was not defective.
The couple's attorney, Gerry Holmes of Cedartown, Ga., said U.S. District Judge Willis Hunt improperly excluded the testimony of an expert witness, Edward Cox, who said the Bonneville did not meet a roof performance safety standard at manufacture.
Holmes said the judge 'crossed into the province of the jury.' He has filed a motion for a new trial.