Meadow Walker, the daughter of the late actor Paul Walker, is moving forward with her lawsuit against Porsche, despite the car manufacturer's victory in court on Monday in a related case.
Any Porsche sold in California must comply with the state’s emissions standards, so any effort by the carmaker to avoid being sued by the daughter of actor Paul Walker due to a lack of business ties in the state is “utterly frivolous,” according to the daughter’s attorneys.
According to papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, 16-year-old Meadow Rain Walker’s lawyers say that any Porsche intended for sale in California, including the one that was involved in the accident that killed her father, must comply with the state’s anti-pollution requirements.
“One must wonder what would have happened to Porsche AG’s ability to ever sell a new car in California if it had claimed to the California EPA that there is no jurisdiction over it because Porsche AG is a foreign corporation with no contacts in California,” Meadow Walker’s lawyers wrote.
They also argue that Porsche AG conceded the state had jurisdiction in two wrongful death cases in San Diego and in San Francisco.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Meadow Rain Walker alleges a defective seat belt kept her father trapped alive for more than a minute in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT before it became engulfed in flames on Nov. 30, 2013, in Valencia.
Killed along with the 40-year-old actor, who was known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” film series, was the car’s driver, Roger Rodas, 38.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed last Sept. 28 also alleges the car had a lack of electronic stability control and inadequate side door reinforcement bars.