Thu., 10:34am: Jury sides with Ford against Youngstown dealer
CLEVELAND – A jury in Cleveland has rejected a claim by commercial truck dealers that Ford Motor Co. overcharged them over an 11-year period by offering discounts to other dealerships.
The jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the class-action lawsuit filed by Westgate Ford Truck Sales of Youngstown in 2002.
Dealers had won a nearly $2 billion award on the first trial in 2011. Last year, an appeals court threw out the ruling and said Ford’s defense must have more leeway.
Attorney James Lowe, representing dealers, said Thursday no decision has been made on an appeal.
A message seeking comment was left for Ford’s defense team.
The earlier award included a judgment of about $781 million and about $1.2 billion in interest. It covered more than 3,000 dealerships and 474,000 trucks.