Most folks would expect that top officials in a corporation that has been accused of massive wrongdoing would have to testify in court. But Toyota Motor Corp. asked a Michigan appeals court last month to intervene in order to keep the carmaker’s top two U.S. executives from being questioned under oath by lawyers for the family of a woman killed while driving a Camry in 2008. The appeal was filed on March 8th after a Michigan trial judge denied a motion by Toyota to keep the two executives, Toyota Motor North America President Yoshi Inaba, and Jim Lentz, head of U.S. sales for Toyota, from being questioned by lawyers for the family of Guadalupe Alberto.
Toyota claimed the two officials didn’t have to appear for their depositions that had been scheduled and that the case should be litigated without the depositions. Toyota said making Inaba and Lentz answer questions from opposing counsel before the trial would be unduly burdensome, harassing and would subject these “employees” to depositions in nearly every product liability case filed against the company. That position is shocking and totally without merit. It tells me those folks have much more to hide. Hopefully, the depositions will go forward as soon as the appeal is heard and disposed of. It’s impossible to justify Toyota’s position in the matter and is an indication of the arrogance of the carmaker’s bosses.
Source: ABC News
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