By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A federal wrongful death and defective products lawsuit against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is headed to Louisiana.
In an order signed Monday, Senior Judge Neal Biggers agreed that convenience and public interest call for the change of venue, since most of the case’s parties and witnesses live in Louisiana.
In November 2010, 17 plaintiffs sued Cooper Tire, claiming a defective tire it made caused an accident that killed five children and one adult on Nov. 28, 2009.
As the vehicle rolled, 13 passengers were ejected on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish, La.
The sole reason the lawsuit was filed in North Mississippi, Biggers said, is that the tire in question was made at Cooper’s Tupelo plant.
The complainants seek monetary and punitive damages, as well as medical expenses and burial costs. They asked for a jury trial.