A U.S. judge has dismissed claims against Toyota Motor Corp. by non-U.S. car buyers who say their vehicles lost value because of manufacturing defects. As has been widely reported, Toyota recalled 19 million vehicles globally since 2009 related to unintended sudden acceleration problems. As our readers know, a tremendous number of lawsuits were consolidated before a federal judge in Southern California.
In addition to a complaint filed by U.S. customers, Toyota was sued by foreign Plaintiffs who claimed that the company did not sufficiently address sudden unintended acceleration, leading to a drop in value. Judge James Selna ruled that the foreign Plaintiffs had not established the required legal standing to sue in U.S. federal court.
In a previously-entered order, Judge Selna left intact the bulk of claims brought by U.S. customers. The judge gave the foreign Plaintiffs an opportunity to amend their lawsuit to see if they could cure their problems. It now appears that these claims will definitely have to be brought in the Plaintiffs’ home countries, not in the U.S.
Source: Insurance Journal
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