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In June 2014, the Philadelphia jury hearing Martinez’ case awarded the $55 million verdict against Honda. At that time, Martinez’s attorneys called the award the highest ever issued in that state in an
defective automotive personal injury lawsuit.
Honda appealed the ruling citing a key Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision updating the state’s tort law that was issued after the $55 million verdict but before post-trial motions. Honda argued that the new ruling should have compelled the judge to order a new trial. That argument was rejected.