Cohen Milstein and its co-counsel firms filed, for their clients, a California state court case against Ford Motor Company.  The plaintiffs alleged that Ford knew the majority of its applicable cars had a stalling problem -- stalling at 10 miles an hour on suburban streets, or on the highway at 65 miles an hour -- all attributable to a computer module in the ignition system.  The module was mounted on the distributor of cars, exposing it to great heat and stress problems, even though a remote-mounting method was available.  Cars from model years 1983 to 1995 were at issue in the case.  After years of discovery, a 5-1/2 month trial went forward, resulting in a hung-jury.  Thereafter, the Court ordered a recall of all the millions of affected cars owned by the California class members, and required Ford to pay restitution and reimburse all monies paid by California owners who bought replacements for their modules.  Immediately before a second trial was to begin, the parties reached a nationwide settlement.  In summary, it provided – for cars with less than 100,000 miles on them -- that Ford would pay reimbursement to present or former owners who paid to replace a distributor-mounted module, and/or replacement of the module where they remained in the car.  The warranty for this part was extended from 50,000 miles to 100,000 miles. In addition, Ford paid $5 million to academic institutions for research to advance automobile safety.