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Toyota Wins on Crucial Rollover Issues

Dallas attorney withdraws suit to reopen Toyota accident cases.

by on Dec.30, 2009

Rollover suits remain an ongoing Toyota image issue.

Dallas product liability attorney Todd Tracy has withdrawn a lawsuit to reopen 17 Toyota accident cases. Tracy did so after reviewing documents provided by a former lawyer for Toyota alleging that the automaker hid  evidence in the cases.

Tracy’s review did not find any evidence to confirm the claims made by ex-Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller, who has a troubling history of suing former employers.

Tracy’s move last fall was only one of several by plaintiffs’ attorneys attempting to capitalize on the Biller matter, a case where the former Toyota employee accused Toyota of concealing evidence about rollover accidents.

Toyota Motor Sales vehemently denies the charges.

Moreover, Tracy’s withdrawal of the fraud accusations is only the latest — and we predict by no means the last setback — for Biller as his case drags through the courts. A California Superior Court ruling in September  in connection with this ongoing  litigation described Biller’s conduct as motivated by “personal financial gain.”

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The Court also said that in its opinion “Mr. Biller has violated the rules of professional conduct and the business and professions code and has done so intentionally.”

As TheDetroitBureau.com reported at the time, Dimitrios Biller, the former National Managing Counsel in charge of Toyota’s National Rollover Program, worked as a lawyer for TMS from 2003 to 2007. He has a prior history of suing employers, including the prosecutor’s office in California.  (more…)

Toyota Retracts Statement in Biller Rollover Matter

Contentious cover-up case about deadly rollovers continues.

by on Oct.07, 2009

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Toyota did reply to NHTSA. Whether accident data was tampered with is now the issue.

Toyota Motor Sales has retracted a statement it made in the Biller matter, a multi-million dollar dispute with former Toyota attorney Dimitrios Biller, who is charging the Japanese company with attempting to thwart the U.S. legal system.

It was the latest troubling development in a troubling case, which will likely drag on for a long time.

Biller, the former National Managing Counsel in charge of Toyota’s National Rollover Program, worked as a lawyer for TMS from 2003 to 2007. He has a prior history of suing an employer, including a prosecutor’s office in California.

Biller’s legal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claims that Toyota had suppressed evidence in hundreds of lawsuits resulting from rollover accidents involving the Toyota vehicles – charges Toyota denies.

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One of Biller’s allegations was that Toyota lied to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about roof crush information. In a rollover accident, the strength of the roof can determine whether or not occupants survive.

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Toyota Hit by Rollover Lawsuit

The bad news keeps coming at the world’s largest automaker.

by on Aug.31, 2009

Rollover lawsuit is latest image blow.

Lawsuit is latest image blow.

Oh my, what a feeling.

It seems that the hills overlooking downtown Los Angeles aren’t the only things burning in Southern California right now. So is Toyota’s image.

The fallout had barely settled down around Toyota’s announcement last Friday that it planned to halt production at New United Motors Manufacturing Incorporated in Fremont, California, across the bay from San Francisco when the Japanese automaker was rocked by a lawsuit filed at the other end of California.

The legal complaint filed in U.S. District Court In Los Angeles claims that Toyota had suppressed evidence in hundreds of lawsuits spawned by rollover type accidents involving the Toyota vehicles.

Of course, lawsuits against automakers are common, but this particular story had one spectacular twist — it was filed on behalf of an Southern California attorney, one Dimitrios Biller,  who worked for Toyota at headquarters in Torrance, California for four years from 2003 and 2007.

Toyota’s lawyers have already gone to court to try to get the suit sealed off from public views by having the court record sealed, claiming the plaintiff has violated attorney-client privilege.

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Biller and his attorneys, however, have temporarily outflanked Toyota’s defense by carefully leaking the lawsuit to the investigative unit at CBS News, insuring that the initial complaint got plenty of attention in the media around the country.

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