Toyota wins access to insurance, financial data on unintended acceleration plantiffs


Toyota won a court ruling in California, which granted the company access to insurance and financial data about those plaintiffs embroiled in law suits over economic losses they claim to have suffered from sudden acceleration defects.

Judges in Orange, Calif. denied a request by a group of attorneys representing 81 plaintiffs who owned or leased Toyota’s, to prevent the company from accessing the data. “We don’t find anything wrong with the subpoenas,” said John K. Trotter, one of the private judges assisting U.S. District Judge James Selna, of Santa Ana, Calif., in resolving disputes between Toyota and hundreds of plaintiffs who have filed federal lawsuits over sudden acceleration.

The crux of Toyota’s argument is that since these plaintiffs are launching claims about the values of their vehicles and how they were affected by the company, then in order to formulate a proper defense the company needs information on the value of the vehicles

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Automotive News