Steve Berman Appointed In Consolidated Toyota Litigation

SANTA ANA, Calif. - U.S. District Judge James V. Selna of the Central District of California on May 14 appointed class action lawyer Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman, to co-lead counsel in the massive multi-district litigation against Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

Berman's charge is to lead one of the largest consolidations of class action cases in U.S. history, combining more than 300 state and federal suits concerning acceleration defects tainting Toyota vehicles. Berman and his co-lead counsel were selected from among more than 70 law firms applying for the role.

Berman and his co-lead counsel will direct litigation concerning the alleged economic damages suffered by consumers, while another group of attorneys appointed by Judge Selna will litigate personal injury cases tied to the defect issue.

Berman along with two other attorneys appointed as interim co-counsel, submitted a preliminary report last month outlining recommendations for the discovery process involving what are assumed to be millions of pages of documents relating to the development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of Toyota's products and programs.

Berman originally filed a number of state claims against Toyota, claiming the world's largest auto manufacturer should allow consumers to return the defective cars for a pro-rated refund.

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