New Claims Made Against Toyota In Automobile Defects Case

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. bought back cars from drivers who reported sudden acceleration defects, but the company didn't tell federal regulators about the problem, according to court documents filed in the sprawling litigation against the automaker. Plaintiffs' lawyers contend the...

Toyota Asks Court To Dismiss Acceleration Lawsuits

NEW YORK - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. asked a federal court to throw out lawsuits over acceleration defects in its cars, saying many of the plaintiffs never identified any defect or experienced sudden, unintended acceleration. The automaker filed its motion in court Monday. "Toyota is confident that...

Toyota Safety In Spotlight After Fatal Utah Crash

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) The deadly crash of a Toyota Camry in western Utah is being blamed on a sticky gas pedal, the same problem that led the world's largest automaker to recall the car for repairs early this year. The 2008 Camry slammed into a rock wall near the Nevada border on Nov. 5. . . . Full...

Minnesota Man Freed In Toyota Crash Sues Automaker

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) A Minnesota man freed after more than two-and-a-half years in prison for a fatal crash in a Toyota Camry is now suing Toyota Motor Corp. Attorneys filed the complaint Monday in federal court on behalf of Koua Fong Lee. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Judge Moves To Deny Dismissal Of Toyota Car Owner Lawsuits

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge in California said Friday he will not dismiss lawsuits against Toyota from car owners who claim sudden-acceleration defects caused the value of the vehicles to plummet. U.S. District Judge James Selna said in a 63-page ruling that he believes suits filed by car...

Hagens Berman: Judge Agrees Consumers Deserve To Pursue Lawsuit Against Toyota

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge has rejected Toyota's efforts to dismiss a class action lawsuit that seeks damages related to unintended acceleration by Toyota vehicles, the law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP announced Dec. 1 ( In Re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration, Marketing...

Toyota Sues Old GM For California Plant Damages

TOKYO - (AP) Toyota is suing the company handling bankrupt General Motors' assets, demanding $73 million in damages from the shuttering of a joint-venture California plant. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Wednesday the lawsuit was filed Nov. 24 for research and development costs that...

Judge Tentatively Refuses To Dismiss Toyota Lawsuits

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge who said he's inclined to let personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp. move forward heard arguments Thursday from Toyota attorneys hoping to dissuade him. U.S. District Judge James V. Selna issued a preliminary opinion Wednesday...

Toyota To Pay $32.4 Million In Extra Fines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay the government a record $32.4 million in additional fines to settle an investigation into its handling of two recalls at the heart of its safety crisis. The Transportation Department said late Monday the civil penalties will settle investigations...

Toyota To Pay $10 Million In Runaway Lexus Crash

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in a runaway Lexus crash that led to recalls of millions of the automaker's vehicles, attorneys said Thursday. John Gomez, a lawyer who represents the victims' family, and Larry N. Willis, who...

7 Insurers Sue Toyota Over Acceleration Crashes

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Seven insurance companies have sued Toyota Motor Corp. in an attempt to recover money paid to cover crashes they blame on sudden acceleration. The insurers cite data that blames 725 crashes on the problem and fault the Japanese automaker for failing to equip its cars with an override...

Toyota Seeks To Have Much Of Minnesota Lawsuit Dismissed

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) Attorneys for Toyota Motor Corp. asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss most of the claims filed by a Minnesota man who was incarcerated after a fatal crash involving a 1996 Camry, saying the automaker had no direct connection to events that put Koua Fong Lee. . . . Full version...

Texas Judge Names Counsel To Probe Toyota Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A Texas judge has named a special counsel to investigate whether Toyota Motor Corp. intentionally hid evidence during a lawsuit filed by a woman paralyzed in a car crash, court documents showed. Johnson County District Judge John E. Neill appointed J. Gregory Coontz on Thursday after...

Government Investigation Finds No Electronic Flaws In Toyotas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration's investigation into Toyota safety problems found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems. Government investigators said Tuesday the only known cause of the problems are mechanical...

Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Vehicles In U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States on Thursday to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in driver's side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to close its investigation into the embattled automaker...

California Federal Court Cites Morrison In Dismissing Non-U.S. Purchasers From Infineon Securities Lawsuit

It has been a long road -- one that included among other things, an amicus brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court in connection with Morrison v. National Australia Bank - but the defendants in the Infineon Technologies securities suit have managed to have the court dismiss the claims of company shareholders...

Toyota Wins New York Case Over Unintended Acceleration

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - (AP) A federal jury found Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. isn't responsible for a 2005 crash that the driver blamed on the floor mat or the electronic throttle, in the first case to go to trial since automaker recalled millions of its vehicles. After 45 minutes of deliberation...

Federal Judge: I Will Again Deny Dismissal Of Toyota Lawsuits

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge said Friday that he will deny another request from Toyota Motor Corp. to dismiss lawsuits filed by car owners who claim sudden-acceleration defects caused the value of their vehicles to drop. U.S. District Judge James Selna in Santa Ana said in a 30-page ruling...

MDL Judge Rules That Consumers May Pursue Acceleration Lawsuit Against Toyota - Download The Order

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge has ruled that a case against Toyota seeking damages related to claims of unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles may move forward, the Hagens Berman law firm announced May 16 ( In Re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products...

Toyota Class Action Lawsuit To Start With Utah Case

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A federal judge expects the first lawsuit to go to trial in a massive class action against Toyota Motor Corp. over a sudden acceleration problem that led the company to recall 14 million cars will involve a crash that killed two people in Utah. U.S. District Judge James Selna...

Federal Judge Rejects Most Claims In Toyota Investor Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A federal judge has rejected most claims made in a shareholder lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. that accused the Japanese automaker of knowing about and hiding purported acceleration problems in some of its vehicles. U.S. District Judge Dale Fisher said in her July 7 ruling that...

Central District Of California Rejects Toyota Shareholders' Japanese Law Securities Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court's June 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank looked like the end of securities claims in U.S. courts on behalf so-called "f-cubed" claimants - that is, foreign shareholders of foreign-domiciled companies who bought their shares on foreign exchanges...

Former California Autoworkers Get $6 Million Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. and the company that ran California's only auto manufacturing plant have agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit by former workers who claim they were illegally denied severance benefits. Seven workers who were on medical leave in the six months before...

Toyota Agrees To Fund Settlement Of Unintended Acceleration Cases Worth Up To $1.4 Billion

Attorney representing Toyota owners calls settlement "extraordinarily hard-fought, exceptionally far-reaching" LOS ANGELES - The attorneys representing Toyota owners who claim that their vehicles are prone to sudden, unexplained acceleration on Dec. 26 announced that Toyota has agreed to...

Toyota Forfeits $1.2B, Accepts Deferred Prosecution In Sudden-Acceleration Probe

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) Toyota Motor Corp. will forfeit $1.2 billion as part of a deferred criminal prosecution agreement for wire fraud for allegedly misleading consumers, the federal government and Congress about “sudden acceleration” problems in the company’s cars, the...