Toyota Motor Corp. has reached settlements in 338 cases involving sudden unintended acceleration, up from 289 in March. U.S. District Judge James V. Selna, who has presided over the multidistrict litigation (MDL), and who has done a very good job of moving things along, was told in a joint presentation that Toyota has resolved 146 of 171 cases in the MDL, and 60 of the 87 cases in coordinated state proceedings. Outside of the MDL and state proceedings, the parties have resolved 132 cases, according to the status report filed by the parties with the court. The parties wrote in their joint status report:
The intensive settlement process is continuing to make good progress as the parties attempt to resolve the various personal injury, wrongful death and/or property damage cases pending before this court and in other courts.
There are only 24 cases left pending in the MDL. Of those, only two did not request the expedited settlement process. There are also 22 cases in state proceedings. Only one of those has not yet requested intensive settlement proceedings.
As I have mentioned before, our Bookout trial in Oklahoma City exposed the massive cover-up by Toyota of a known defect in its electronic throttle control system and paved the way for a successful run of settlements and fines imposed against Toyota. The jury verdict in our case turned the tide of victory toward Toyota’s innocent victims.
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