• Federal District Court Denies Class Certification on Risk Utility Claims
  • July 25, 2011 | Author: J. Todd Kennard
  • Law Firm: Jones Day - Columbus Office
  • A United States District Court has again denied plaintiffs’ efforts to certify a class related to alleged design flaws in automotive seats. Lloyd v. General Motors Corp., et al., --- F. Supp.2d ---, 2011 WL 2433091 (D. Md. June 16, 2011). The Lloyd decision is significant because it emphasizes that there are cases where it is not practicable for juries to decide issues related to vehicle design issues, even where the risk-utility standard is used for purposes of evaluation.