UPDATE 1-Firestone class settlement gets preliminary OK


(Adds details of settlement, background) CHICAGO, July 24 (Reuters) - Bridgestone Corp.'s Firestone unit said on Thursday a Texas judge has given preliminary approval to a nationwide settlement of class action lawsuits stemming from the August 2000 recall of 6.5 million Wilderness AT and ATX tires. The settlement does not affect hundreds of personal injury lawsuits still pending over rollover accidents involving tread separation. Federal authorities have linked the tires, mostly ...

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