• Apr 16, 2010
According to Reuters, a federal judge has consolidated the majority of lawsuits filed against Toyota involving unintended acceleration. Over 100 such suits have been bundled together by U.S. District Judge James Selna, and temporary lead counsel has been chosen for both sides of the case. Expect a star-studded cast to show up for this one, including lawyers formerly involved with everything from Big Tobacco legislation to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Toyota is staring down the barrel of some pretty hefty claims, including calls for complete refunds for owners of the recalled vehicles. Needless to say, that's something the company is aiming to avoid at all costs.

The initial hearing is set for May 13, and the outcome will likely weigh heavily on the public's opinion of Toyota, not to mention the company's bottom line.

[Source: Reuters | Image: Andrew Yates/APF/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      @Mike

      Pretty sure CTS Corp was absolved of wrongdoing there. The part was Japanese-designed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "calls for complete refunds for owners of the recalled vehicles"
      That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The resale values have been hit marginally, at best.

        I've had my eye on a used Avalon for the past 6 months and the price hasn't budged.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Chris O
        "It might sound stupid to you, but what about those who have actually purchased any of the affected vehicles. Due to the media story, there are probably people out there afraid to drive vehicles that they own."
        I'm pretty sure you can't win a lawsuit for being a fearful idiot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Erik:

        It might sound stupid to you, but what about those who have actually purchased any of the affected vehicles. Due to the media story, there are probably people out there afraid to drive vehicles that they own. Aside from that, Toyota resale values have been hit pretty hard... if residual value was a criteria that a buyer used in selecting a vehicle, then that's a pretty big deal.

        I don't own any Toyotas, so I really don't care, but there is some data to indicate that Toyota hasn't necessarily fixed the problem yet. That siad, I can see where buyers would want and/or expect a pro-rated refund, or at least a check for the loss of residual vehicle value. I don't think they'll get it, I just understand the sentiment (though I don't really agree with it).
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the beginning of the end for Toyojunk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can you tell me next week's lotto numbers? Please!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough with the jingoistic crap.
      The defective part was American made.

      If you want to fault Toyota, fault them for attempting to 'fix' the pedal assembly instead of replacing it. [saves money]
      If you complain after they 'fix' it, then you get your pedal assembly replaced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats it. Toyota is going to get raped! Not because of the defective equipment but because they knew they had problems and they still didn't take it seriously until the crap hit the fan. Engaging in Mitsubishi style coverup ethics isn't going to fly with American jurors. They're screwed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me add wally to that list also.
      • 4 Years Ago
      personally i am really getting bored of this toyota thing i mean really...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps lorettaslidmon and all the other future dole queue attendees who post here should state which high school they go to ... assuming they're that old in the first place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I cannot wait to see the Toyotapologists (Japologists?) squirm at the sight of their beleaguered and beloved Toyota twist in the legal winds. This will truly be an epic spectator event.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MikeW...thats assuming the problem IS in fact a pedal...could you explain the re-called units with updated pedals doing the same thing?...........
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's irrelevent who designed and manufactured it. Toyota speced it for their application and they knew it was proving to be troublesome yet they failed to act in a timely matter. If Toyota doesn't settle a jury is going to rape them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops, I was replying to #16 ILOVEILOVE. Why is it I always have to hit "reply" twice before it recognizes who i'm replying to? Oh well, whatever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lorettaskidman and john, you two are ignorant.
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