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