Lead lawyers in the class actions filed against Toyota in Colorado and
across the country are adding claims that the vehicle manufacturer is
guilty of racketeering under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization
Plaintiffs in the initial class actions claim that the resale value of their Toyotas has decreased because of problems of unintended acceleration that prompted the recall of millions of Toyota vehicles. If successful, this theory of damages could cost Toyota as much as $2 billion.
The lawsuits allege that Toyota knew of the unintended acceleration problems– possibly as far back as 2002– but Toyota nevertheless continued to advertise its vehicles as safe and reliable and concealed the problems from the public. If the RICO claims are proved, damages could approach $10 billion.
Support for the RICO claims is allegedly based upon Toyota documents and the congressional testimony of Toyota officials. Toyota has declined to comment on the litigation to date.
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