By Howard Breuer INDIO, Calif., March 17 (Reuters) - A California judge on Wednesday rejected a bid to certify a $3 billion national class action lawsuit claiming lethal defects in 41 million heavy duty Steeltex tires made by Bridgestone/Firestone. The legal victory for the Nashville, Tennessee-based unit of Japan's Bridgestone Corp. comes days after the tire maker settled a $149 million class action in Texas stemming from the recall four years ago of 17 million smaller-class Wilderness ...
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