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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 Liability Litigation, No. 8:10ml2151, C.D. Calif., Southern Div.).

According to the firm's news release:

U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna of the Central District of California ruled that attorneys representing owners of Toyota vehicles in MDL 2151 demonstrated to the court that they have sufficient evidence establishing overpayment to allow the case to move forward.

According to the lawsuit, Toyota knew that vehicles could accelerate unexpectedly, but the automaker allegedly refused to install a brake-override or fail-safe system in an effort to meet its profitability and production goals.

Attorneys representing consumers and businesses suffering from economic losses seek to recover restitution for economic losses, and an injunction requiring that Toyota have these vehicles repaired properly.

Judge Selna on May 13 issued a 57-page order granting in part and denying in part Toyota's motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' second amended economic loss master consolidated complaint.

Click here to download the order.