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.
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.