Martino Wins Defense Verdict

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

During the week of January 31, 2017, Laura Martino successfully defended Ford Motor Company against allegations Ford violated Iowa’s “Lemon” law provisions. At trial, Plaintiff sought damages in the amount he paid for a recently purchased Ford F-150 truck (plus costs and attorney fees) on the grounds that the vehicle sold was a “Lemon.” Specifically, Plaintiff claimed Defendant failed to conform the vehicle to the written warranty issued at the time of purchase due to the presence of vehicle “vibration” and a “popping” noise. Through the testimony of fact witnesses and the presentation of expert testimony, the defense was able to rebut the allegations by showing the “vibration” and “popping” noises were not a result of a deviation from the written warranty but instead conditions to be expected based upon the plaintiff’s driving habits, including overloading the vehicle and continuous use of 4×4 mode. On October 13, 2017, the Court filed a ruling rejecting Plaintiff’s claims and awarded a defense verdict.

Brian Oedekoven v. Ford Motor Company, Case No. CVCV170280


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