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Texas Court Orders Toyota Not to Destroy Evidence

Liability lawyers are attempting to reopen long settled cases.

by on Oct.01, 2009

A federal judge in Texas issued a Temporary Restraining Order yesterday to prevent the Toyota Motor Corporation, its subsidiaries and members of its in-house legal team from destroying any documents about the crash worthiness of all vehicles manufactured by the company.

It was the latest move by plaintiff’s attorneys to capitalize on the Biller matter, a case where a former Toyota employee accused Toyota of concealing evidence about rollover accidents. The accusations were publicized by the CBS news show 60 Minutes.

Toyota Motor Sales, the U.S. subsidiary of TMC vehemently denies the charges.

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 a prosecutor’s office in California.

Dallas attorney Todd Tracy obtained the restraining order in connection with the filing of a 17th fraud case that seeks to reopen lawsuits in which he claims key evidence might have been withheld.