It appears that the Japanese automaker Toyota may have done some very bad things in litigation against the company. If the allegations in a recently-filed lawsuit are true, the automaker has some potentially big trouble on its hands. It’s being alleged in this lawsuit by one of its former lawyers that Toyota concealed evidence, destroyed data and conspired to obstruct justice in defending itself against lawsuits involving vehicle rollover. This lawsuit has the potential of affecting lots of rollover lawsuits that Toyota has either settled or tried to a verdict.
Dimitrios Biller, the lawyer who managed Toyota’s defense of rollover cases in the U.S., alleges in the suit that “there are vehicles on the road today” that don’t meet a “required” safety margin when it comes to roof crush issues. The lawyer says in the lawsuit his Toyota bosses “made every effort” to stop, prevent and delay the completion of investigations involving rollover cases between 2004 until he resigned in 2007. In one probe, Biller says he was ordered to destroy electronic documents related to the design, engineering, testing and evaluation of vehicles in the U.S. He also says he wasn’t allowed to complete another investigation, which allowed Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing arm to go ahead and destroy relevant information and documents that should have been turned over in discovery to Plaintiffs’ lawyers in 300 lawsuits.
Source: USA Today
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