Goodyear Loses $64m Lawsuit

Czech technology company Coda Development has won a legal case in Akron, Ohio against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, winning USD 64 million in damages after a court found that Goodyear has stolen technology developed by Coda relating to self-inflating tyres.

Czech Company Wins Substantial Damages

The jury ruled that Goodyear had misappropriated five of the 12 alleged trade secrets Coda accused it of misusing, awarding Coda $2.8 million in compensatory damages and $61.2 million in punitive damages for what the court referred to as Goodyear's "willful and malicious" behaviour.

Akron-based Goodyear said in a statement that it was disappointed with the verdict and will consider all of its options. Attorneys for Coda declined to comment.

About the author

Richard Wilson is a correspondent for The Tyreman. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, Commercial Tyre Business and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.

Contact: richardjwilson@btconnect.com

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