The outcome of more than 300 auto products liability lawsuits are now being
questioned, following allegations by a former senior counsel for Toyota
Motor Sales Corp. that the company made him withhold key evidence from
plaintiffs who had sought recovery for personal injury or wrongful death.
Dimitrios P. Biller has filed a federal racketeering lawsuit alleging
that because he complained to the company about its alleged misconduct
he was forced to resign.
While working for Toyota between 2003 and 2007, Biller defended Toyota against plaintiffs whose rollover lawsuits pinpointed that the vehicles’ weak and unstable roofs as a cause of the injuries and deaths. His complaint also accuses Toyota of failing to turn over electronically stored data to the auto products liability lawyers of the plaintiffs.
Biller claims that the company withheld test information by allowing an engineering subsidiary to destroy key documents in hundreds of rollover accident cases where roof crush issues were a factor. He says that even today there are Toyota motor vehicles that fail to meet the automaker’s safety goals.
Our auto products liability lawyers at Gilbert & Ollanik, PC have settled dozens of Toyota rollover accident cases. Biller’s allegations if they are true, are indeed very serious.
Already, a class action lawsuit has been filed accusing Toyota of illegally concealing evidence in rollover accident cases on behalf of plaintiffs who either settled or lost their auto products liability cases because certain data wasn’t made available to them. Other auto products liability law firms are now saying that they may have to consider whether their Toyota rollover lawsuits that have been resolved need to be reopened.
Toyota is calling Biller’s accusations “inaccurate and misleading.” The company is attempting have his complaint sealed because of “privileged and confidential” data that Biller should not be revealing. Biller’s lawsuit names Toyota Motor Sales, Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan, and five ex- and current lawyers and executives employed by Toyota Motor Sales as the defendants.
Victims and family members wishing to seek recovery for personal injury and wrongful death continue to file Toyota rollover lawsuits .
Rollover lawsuits could haunt Toyota, USA Today, September 2, 2009
Lawsuit: Toyota Buried Accident Evidence, CBS News, August 31, 2009
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Read the Lawsuit (PDF)
Toyota 4Runner SUV Rollover Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Crash, About Lawsuits, August 10, 2009
Please contact our rollover accident lawyers if you were injured in an accident involving a Toyota SUV, truck, or another vehicle.