Even though Toyota's unintended acceleration debacle is as ancient as Jurassic fleas for most of us, the California Distric Court of Judge James Selna is still chainsawing through a massive docket of claims. Judge Selna had been considering whether plaintiffs in California, New York and Florida could sue Toyota for economic loss related to the claims of unintended accleraton – the plaintiffs wanted Toyota to reimburse them for the alleged decline in value of their cars.

According to a report in Bloomberg, Selna issued a final ruling that the New York and Florida plaintiffs can't sue for economic loss if they didn't experience unintended acceleration, or if they didn't experience "a measurable loss" when selling their cars. California plaintiffs, on the other hand, can sue even if there was no unintended acceleration event or perceived depreciation.

The ruling could remove millions of owners from of plaintiffs and make an economic-loss class action lawsuit more difficult, but plaintiffs attorneys have said they'll try to get the cases tried in New York and Florida courts. However, the ruling doesn't affect other plaintiffs suing over the same issue in other states. This doesn't affect the unintended accleration cases, though; three litmus-test trials are scheduled for next year.


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      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Toyota should hire that guy who wore the ski-mask and drove his Prius and put it into Neutral as their lawyer to fight these cases. As to economic loss um... guess what cars gain and lose value all the time. Its called demand. Should those who bought a car that lose's its value greater than its direct competitor sue the car company because they didnt make a better car? Or should they sue if a company has a recall on a car even though it wasnt a design defect just a supplier one? I just hate stupid sue happy people.
      brandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      If anyone should be sued its the media for blowing this whole thing way out of proportion. No ONE could replicate the issue. Period, therefore no one should win a lawsuit against toyota because if there was an actual problem, then someone would have replicated the cause of the so called "unintended acceleration."
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
        So Toyota didn't recall millions of vehicles for unsecured floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals? Toyotaphiles, stop trying to re-write history. Toyota put out a substandard product and as a result people died. And their deaths will prevent Toyota from EVER regaining the trust they once enjoyed.
      nomadsto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Throw this crap suit the hell out! My house is under water guess i'll sue B of A.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nomadsto
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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our out of control legal system is sickening. These blood ******* lawyers make their entire living filing frivolous lawsuits against the car industry. So much time an money wasted in court that could be going to improving the products.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who would've thought that it'd be California that would allow the sue-age (or should I say sewage...)? Terrible play on words, I know.
      ColoradoGeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      ... and now i can see the comments if AB publishes the story of the newly release RAV4 EV ... "AB is Toyota biased ....." Sorry, off-topic but could not help but bashing some of the guys here who complain about almost everything they read ...