A federal judge cleared Ford Motor Co. in a class-action lawsuit arising from a lack of hardware to attach license plates to the front bumpers of some Jaguar models.
Ted Strauss was fined $155 for not having a front plate on his 2002 Jaguar X-Type. Strauss sued Ford and D & M Leasing Co., of Arlington, Texas. He accused them of violating state motor vehicle and consumer protection laws, breaching implied warranties, and negligence.
The suit cited Jaguar XJ, XJ8, XJ8 L, XJR, XK8, X-Type and S-Type models sold or leased in Texas. It sought more than $5 million in damages.
Texas law requires vehicle retailers and distributors to provide certain equipment that meets state standards. But U.S. District Chief Judge A. Joe Fish, of Dallas, ruled that the mandate applies to such items as safety belts, windshield wipers, brakes and headlamps.