Hughes v. Kia Motors Corp., et al., No. 13-10922 (11th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Allene Hughes died of traumatic brain injury after she was involved in a collision with a Mack truck. Plaintiff, Allene's mother and the administratrix of her estate, filed suit against Kia, alleging that Kia's failure to equip Allene's vehicle with a fuel shut-off switch led to Allene's death. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in excluding the testimony of plaintiff's causation expert where the district court could reasonably question the reliability of the expert's ultimate opinion given the vague manner in which the expert described his methodology coupled with his inability to express an opinion about how the various impacts would have affected Allene. The court also concluded that the district court did not improperly grant summary judgment for Kia where plaintiff failed to create a genuine issue of material fact with respect to actual causation. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.