Decline in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Lawsuits
Table 1. Motor Vehicle Product
Liability Civil Filings
The latest available data from the federal courts show that during August 2013 the government reported 17 new motor vehicle product liability civil filings.
According to the case-by-case information
analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number
is down 10.5 percent over the previous month when the number of civil filings of this type totaled
The comparisons of the number of civil filings for motor vehicle product liability-related suits are based on case-by-case court records which were compiled and analyzed by TRAC (see Table 1).
When monthly 2013 civil filings of this type are compared with those of the same period in
the previous year, their number was down 8.1 percent.
Civil filings for August 2013 are lower than they were for the same period five years ago.
Overall, the data show that civil filings of this type are down 39.5 percent from levels reported in August 2008.
Figure 1. Motor Vehicle Product Liability Civil Filings over the Last Five Years
The long term trend in motor vehicle product liability civil filings going back five years
is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1
represent the number of motor vehicle product liability civil filings of this type recorded each
month. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural
fluctuations are smoothed out.
One-year and five-year change comparisons are based upon the moving averages.
Figure 2. Jurisdiction
for Civil Filings
Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the federal district courts have jurisdiction to hear cases falling under any one of several categories.
The single largest number of civil filings of these matters through August 2013 was under the classification "Diversity", accounting for 76.5 percent of civil filings.
As shown in Figure 3, additional categories with substantial numbers of civil filings were "Federal Question" (17.6 percent), "U.S. Government Defendant" (5.9 percent).
Motor Vehicle Product Liability Cases
Table 2 lists all individual cases of this type for the month August 2013.
|Brian Gilderman v. Yamaha Motor Corporation USA
|Hoog v. Chrysler Group, LLC
|J. R. et al v. General Motors LLC
|Wright v. United States of America
|Bentley v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
|McKellips et al v. Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. et al
|Kitchens v. Ford Motor Co
|Hybrid Transit Systems, Inc. v. Chizek Elevator and Transport, Inc.
|Scirocco et al v. Ford Motor Company
|Savio v. Delpozzo et al
|Vaughn v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al
|Muir v. General Motors, LLC
|Donze v. General Motors LLC
|Ramirez v. Bridgestone Americas Tire Corporation et al
|Bishop et al v. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company et al
|Hoxie et al v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. et al
|Anderson et al v. Western Trenchless
Table 2. Individual Motor Vehicle Liability Civil Cases
Each month, TRAC offers a free report focused on one area of civil litigation in the U.S. district courts. In addition, subscribers to the TRACFed data service can generate custom reports by district, office, nature of suit or federal jurisdiction via the TRAC Data Interpreter.
Report Date: September 27, 2013