A six-person jury awarded $873,135.97 to an insurance company after negligent third-party spoliation and professional negligence compromised their product liability case against Ford.
In July of 2011, a family home caught fire, causing over $1 million worth of damage. The primary insurer hired two sub-contractors to investigate the fire’s cause and origin. Throughout investigation and a subsequent scientific examination, at least 1 faulty auto part was found to have caused the fire.
Relying on this evidence, the primary insurer filed a lawsuit and federal action against Ford. When Ford asked to examine the evidence, the vehicle parts had been lost by one of the third-party insurance companies and the case was thrown out.
The jury found the third-party insurance company 85% responsible for the primary insurer’s botched lawsuit and awarded upwards of $800,000 in damages.