The case, Walters v. Holiday Motor Corp., was decided in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Virginia. Plaintiff alleged the vehicle's manufacturer and distributors were liable for negligence and breach of express and implied warranty under Virginia state law. She sought $25 million in damages.
Although the lawsuit stemmed from a crash, at its heart, it was a product liability claim. The now-35-year-old victim testified that she was traveling on a country road when she swerved to avoid a small, plastic swimming pool that fell off the back of a truck in front of her. At the time, she was driving a Mazda Miata sports car.