Davidson County Circuit Judge Correctly Refused Recusal, Middle Section Rules

IN RE: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ET AL.
Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Steve North, Madison, Tennessee; Richard L. Denney, Lydia JoAnn Barrett, Norman, Oklahoma; Robert L. Langdon, J. Kent Emison, Lexington, Missouri, counsel for the appellants, Nos. 05C-1552 (Torres), 05C-1555 (Rodriguez), 05C-1556 (Santin), 05C-1560 (Hernandez); Douglas S. Johnston, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, counsel for the appellants, Nos. 05C-1561 (Rivera Ruiz), 05C-1570 (Crispo Valdiva).

Stephen A. Marcum, Huntsville, Tennessee; Gregory G. Garre, Roman Martinez, Washington, DC, for the appellee, Ford Motor Company.

A. Scott Ross, James F. Sanders, Nashville, Tennessee; Marc R. Brousseau, Denver, Colorado; Scott G. Edwards, Dallas, Texas; Craig A. Morgan, Austin, Texas; Warren E. Platt, Phoenix, Arizona, for the appellees, Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC.

Judge: COTTRELL

This appeal arises out of the second consolidated case to be tried in a number of related cases involving accidents that occurred in Mexico and allegedly were caused by defective tires and/or vehicles. The trial judge denied the plaintiffs’ motion that he recuse himself. The motion was based upon allegations of the appearance of bias or prejudice. Having reviewed the filings in this appeal under the required de novo standard of review, we affirm the trial court’s denial of the motion.
 

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