• Sep 15, 2010
Toyota has run into some trouble in a lawsuit against a former employee. An independent arbitrator has found that the automaker can't bar the release of certain documents by claiming attorney-client privilege in a countersuit by Dimitrios Biller.
Biller served as legal counsel to Toyota for four years from 2003 until 2007. When he resigned from the company, he was given a $3.7 million severance package, but last year was sued by Toyota for $33.5 million for taking internal documents and breaking the terms of his deal.

Biller turned around and countersued, and Toyota immediately attempted to use attorney-client privilege to keep Biller from releasing potentially incriminating documents. But on September 9, a retired federal judge found that Biller has enough evidence to show that Toyota hired a lawyer to hide or destroy some of the company's safety records in an attempt to keep that information from vehicle owners injured in rollover accidents. In some cases, that information could have led to significantly higher settlements.

That lawyer was none other than Biller himself, who turned over 170 documents, including emails he sent that advised the company that settling cases early would be worth not having to turn over "books of knowledge" on the Toyota vehicle safety record.

[Source: Automotive News]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 23 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      On the surface it would seem that lawyer broke attorney ethics. That Toyota hides possible safety issues is rather easily to believe given their recent history (and the history of many other companies).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Biller also admits he has mental health problems, but blames Toyota for that, which makes him all the nuttier.

      Keep researching him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a circus this has become.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not really surprised here
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not only is his comment silly, it's just plain wrong. It's the *love* of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself. In this case "love" meaning putting money above everything else in life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would not be surprised if someday it came out that CR was in bed with them all along
      • 4 Years Ago
      In other news, the sky is blue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this were a soap opera, I might actually watch it.

        • 4 Years Ago
        or One Lie to Live

        ...or General Blahspital
        • 4 Years Ago
        Days of Toyota bah hahahahaha
      • 4 Years Ago
      smithers, Release the hounds...
      • 4 Years Ago
      What has this company not lied about? Every step of every investigation into their dealings with the public, legal battles, and recalls seem to uncover another cover-up attempt or just plain ineptitude.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota, when do the lies (and recalls) stop?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shocking.. shocking I mean, how people can be loyal to a bunch of morally bankrupt executives who have fostered a grotesque company culture and have an exquisite PR lying machine.
    • Load More Comments