According to the Corpus Christi, Texas law firms of Constant & Vela and Robert Patterson & Associates, on August 25, 2000, Texas State District Judge John Pope ordered Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. to present its Chief Executive Officer, Masatoshi Ono, for a deposition in a case brought on behalf of the families of Patricio and Nidia Leal, who were killed in May 1999 near Brownsville, Texas while travelling in a Ford Explorer equipped with now-recalled Firestone ATX tires. Ono, along with Firestone employees Gary Crigger, Christine Karbowiak and Robert Wyant, have been ordered to give testimony on September 15, 2000 in Nashville.