PLL #8: Product Liability Law Newsletter

September 4, 2003 Advisory

Product sellers everywhere probably breathed a sigh of relief last month when the Nebraska Supreme Court held that Bridgestone/Firestone and Ford could not be held civilly liable for the rape and murder of 19-year old Amy Stahlecker by Richard Cook on a lonely stretch of Nebraska highway in the early morning hours of April 29, 2000. In their suit, Stahlecker's parents claimed that she was left stranded and vulnerable in the middle of nowhere when one of the tires on her 1997 Ford Explorer blew out. Cook thereafter attacked and murdered her. He was subsequently convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence. The Stahleckers claimed that the blowout and Amy's death were proximately caused by a defective tire.