SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court last week reinstated a defamation lawsuit brought by Suzuki Motor Corp. against the publisher of Consumer Reports for saying the Suzuki Samurai rolls over too easily.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a jury should determine whether Consumers Union rigged its testing for a published report labeling the sport-utility vehicle not acceptable. The magazine first reported in 1988 that the Samurai "rolls over too easily."
A federal judge in California had thrown out the case two years ago.