Many thanks to the reader who wrote in with an update on the Ford trial (Ford Explorer Cases, JCCP nos. 4266 & 4270). I'm told that 48 days of trial had been completed as of September 7, 2007 (about 28 days of testimony for plaintiffs and about 18 for Ford). After a two-week break, trial is expected to resume on Monday, September 24. Ford has a couple of hours more of its case to present before it rests, and plaintiffs expect to put on a short rebuttal case. Closing arguments, limited to about two hours per side, are expected to take place on the 25th or 26th. Thereafter, both sides are expected to file post-trial briefs, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, etc. My source writes, "I would hope that Judge DeAlba would issue a decision by the end of this year."
If I receive copies of the post-trial briefing, I will definitely put it up here.