The $4.8 billion punitive award in the recent GM case is absurd and off the Richter scale.
The victims, parked at a stop sign, were rear-ended by a drunk driver at 70 miles per hour. Yet, the jury was not allowed to consider the fault of the drunk driver; only whether GM could or should have better engineered their cars to withstand such a violent impact. Considering safety first, the best engineering we could do is to keep drunk drivers off the road. Lives would most assuredly be saved. Unfortunately, this verdict – affirmed or reduced – will do little to improve the safety of motorists.
Jon Opelt, Executive Director
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse/Houston