• Dec 29th 2009 at 2:01PM
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Remember the case of Dimitrios Biller versus Toyota? The lawyer and former Toyota employee accused the Japanese automaker of withholding evidence in rollover crashes and claimed to have boxes full of evidence that would make his case.

Well, Toyota is still dealing with Biller, but one of the side cases that sprung up as a result of Biller's allegations appears to be going away. The New York Times reports that Todd Tracey, a lawyer with a history of suing Toyota, is dropping his plan to reopen 17 cases against the automaker. Tracy reportedly went through Biller's stash of evidence and found that "I did not see any type of concealment, destruction or pattern of discovery abuse that affected my cases that I had sought to reopen."

That's a far cry from the "rise up to get Toyota to tell the truth about its hidden crash safety data" rhetoric Tracy unleashed a couple months earlier and one less headache for Toyota to deal with in what appears to be a very busy 2010. True, it's likely Toyota will still have to deal with Biller, but Tracy's public statement that the evidence wasn't enough to justify opening old suits shows is less than a vote of confidence for the former Toyota employee's chances in the court of law.

[Source: New York Times | Image: Joe Raedle/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      When you're a giant they all come after you. This is why Apple has some of the best lawyers around. Everyone wants a piece.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course sudden acceleration is gonna be a suspect. If someone trips, falls & bangs their head against a parked Toyota within the next year, sudden acceleration is gonna be a suspect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Read a story this morning about an accident here in Texas involving a Toyota Avalon. Went through a fence, hit a tree and landed upside down in a pond. Four people died. Cause is being investigated, but sudden acceleration problem suspected.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL @ Franz. Psssst.. don't tell our domestic fanboys though, hate to see them upset and throw up their formula.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone know where I can look to find out about lawsuits that I can become a part of over the new Toyotas? I bought a 2010 in November and am hopping mad about what I paid for it and the current value of the car. My Camry has lost 3.5% of its value since this recall started...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Episode of "60 minutes" about Toyota sudden acceleration and other quality problems coming in January. This will really hurt Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Greedy lawyers like this is the reason why eveyone is afraid of gettng sued.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sw: hate them all you want, but I bet you're on the phone to yours when someone does you wrong.

        typical hypocritical (and I'm biting my fingers as I want to type Republican (or Libertarian - 'let the market cause maiming and deaths and losses, it'll eventually correct itself'))
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Luis

        http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/frivolous-lawsuits050207.htm

        Yeah, lawyers are just a beacon of sanity and good morals in today's society. Lawyers want money, plain and simple, a lot of them will to unreasonable lengths to get it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally some relief for Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You may be jumping to conclusions here. Maybe Tracy didn't find what he was looking for. Maybe he did, and worked something out for the benefit of his clients/suits that makes it worth burying the proverbial hatchet (e.g. Kwame Kilpatrick text-messaging scandal).

      Either way, a court of law might find differently than what you assert in your article. You may be assuming too much here, and you know what they say about assuming anything ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will this get as much media attention as when Tracy first came out suggesting that he'd open up old cases? I doubt it. The media loves a biased issue.