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Hartline Barger Scores Trial Victory in Tire Disablement Case

Hartline Barger's New Mexico team, together with counsel from Yoka Smith, LLP, recently secured a defense judgment for tire manufacturer Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) following a two-week bench trial in New Mexico Federal Court.

The claim involved a tire disablement followed by a rollover accident in which one person died and three were injured.

The plaintiffs, represented by Randi McGinn of McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, alleged that the tire was defectively manufactured and/or designed. The Honorable Kea Riggs, however, rejected all of the Plaintiffs’ claims and entered a defense judgment in favor of CTA. Judge Riggs found that the tire was not defective, that CTA was not negligent, and that actions/omissions by the driver and the company that owned the work truck caused and/or contributed to the crash.

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