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Trinity to Pay $663 Million Over Secret Guardrail Design Change

A federal judge has ordered Trinity Industries to pay $663 million in damages for failing to disclose design changes it made to highway guardrail systems critics say made them more dangerous.

A federal judge has ordered Trinity Industries to pay $663 million in damages for failing to disclose design changes it made to highway guardrail systems critics say made them more dangerous.

Free Guardrail Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a guardrail accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the guardrail and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

June 19, 2015 – Joshua Harman, a competitor of Trinity’s, sued the company on behalf of the U.S. government and will receive $199 million plus attorney fees, according to NBC News.

Last October, a Texas jury ruled that Trinity defrauded the federal government by failing to disclose design changes the company made to its ET-Plus guardrails, which, according to Harman, made the devices lock up on impact rather than ribboning out an absorbing the impact of a crash. Trinity maintains their guardrails are safe.

Jurors said the company should pay at least $175 million. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap ordered both sides into mediation; however, the parties failed to reach a settlement. On Tuesday, Gilstrap tripled the award and added $138 million in penalties for false claims.

Do I Have a Highway Guardrail Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Highway Guardrail Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new guardrail injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Highway Guardrail Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured in a guardrail accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Guardrail Injury Suit and our lawyers can help.

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