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July 25, 2012 / Admin

Is Toyota Facing the Largest Consumer Fraud Case in U.S. History?

According to one expert, the answer might just be yes. That expert is University of Kentucky law professor specializing in product liability, Mary Davis who has been quoted as saying that the litigation mounting against Toyota in the wake of its recent recall of 8.5 million vehicles worldwide, “is bigger than anything I’ve ever seen.”  In light of Davis’ work as a trial attorney in the far-reaching multistate asbestos litigation and her expertise regarding the Ford Explorer recall a decade ago, this statement packs a punch.

On February 9, 2010 the first suit was filed in Covington, Kentucky on behalf of Toyota owners in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Florida alleging that the company knowingly concealed defective, dangerous accelerator systems on its vehicles in order to protect its sales. The suit further alleges racketeering, mail fraud, and wire fraud, arising from Toyota’s representations that their vehicles were safe, when,  by all appearances, it knew they were not. The Kentucky suit names defendants ranging from Toyota’s giant assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky (the automaker’s largest in North America) which was responsible for building the engines and “powertrain” components that are allegedly subject to acceleration problems, to Toyota Motor Credit Corp., and every facet of the corporation in between.

In the less than a month that has elapsed since the filing of the initial Kentucky case, at least 40 more cases have been filed by 22 law firm across 16 different states. On March 25, 2010 there will be a hearing in the U.S. District Court in San Diego regarding consolidation of the cases. An attorney for the Covington Plaintiffs believes that Kentucky has a good chance of hosting the multi-district litigation in light due to Toyota’s largest North American plant being located in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Where the litigation will be consolidated, and exactly how massive it will become remain to be seen, but one thing is clear, the cases that have been filed to date are just the beginning.

Are you the owner of a recalled Toyota or Lexis vehicle? Find out here: http://www.toyota.com/recall/

 

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