Appeals court throws out verdict after “miscarriage of justice”

A state appeals court has overturned a personal injury lawsuit that a county judge decided in favor of Michelin, stating that a “miscarriage of justice” took place in the courtroom. The judge allowed evidence of a man’s private life in a personal injury lawsuit against Michelin. The judge had allowed Michelin to introduce evidence of extramarital affairs and out-of-wedlock children that its attorneys said hurt the plaintiff’s credibility.

The plaintiff filed the personal injury lawsuit for a brain injury suffered when his tire blew out while delivering produce. The appellate court said that his extramarital affairs were irrelevant to the substantive issue in the case: the cause of the accident.

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