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LOS ANGELES — The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) announced April 9 that Toyota litigation cases should be sent to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for consolidated pretrial proceedings.
The panel selected Judge James V. Selna to preside over the litigation and coordinate the pretrial discovery.
Judge Selna is a 1970 graduate of Stanford Law School. Selna was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Jan. 29, 2003.
Nearly 200 lawsuits have been filed in the Toyota Recall Litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the country. On March 25, 2010, in San Diego, the JPMDL conducted a hearing and entertained arguments from some 25 different lawyers advocating 19 different potential jurisdictions to serve as the venue where the Toyota litigation should be consolidated. Toyota, which has its U.S. headquarters based in Torrance, Calif., requested that the cases be sent and consolidated in the Central District of California.