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Doug Lampe, Counsel, Ford Motor Company
Lee Mickus, Partner, Evans Fears & Schuttert LLP
Thomas N. Vanderford, Jr., Associate General Counsel and Executive Director, Litigation, Hyundai Motor America

Laws in three-quarters of U.S. states prohibit or severely restrict defendants in motor-vehicle-accident jury trials from introducing evidence that injured drivers or passengers had not buckled their seatbelt. Our speakers will explain how these outdated gag rules create inconsistencies in state public policy and inequities for civil litigants. They will also discuss recent reform actions in states such as Louisiana as well as the 2021 legislative landscape.