As we have reported previously, Dee Miles and Ben Baker from our firm are serving on the Liaison Counsel Committee in the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration MDL (Multi-District Litigation) currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California and we are pleased to report that the case is proceeding swiftly. The Court has disposed of many preliminary matters, such as and among other things, Motions to Dismiss, Amendments to Complaints and Discovery Plan Orders.
We are currently in the second phase of discovery which involves in-depth depositions, voluminous document reviews and expert matters. The MDL is seeking to begin actual trials of some the cases as early as 2013, but there is much work to do between now and then.
The many class actions filed all over the country have been merged into a single consolidated Complaint. The discovery in both the class case and the individual death and serious injury cases is being conducted in harmony in an effort to expedite the cases to trial. This discovery process is also being done in conjunction with the many individual state cases that are not in the MDL, but are approaching trial dates as well. This effort appears to have been successful so far.
We will continue to update our readers on any and all developments with this very important MDL.
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