Ok, haven't posted here for a while, but I notice some things have not
changed. We all know Jimbo likes to be like Fox News, and tries to be
fair and balanced in his postings about GM, but sometimes misses on
certain news items. He has even been know to accidently miss out on
negative stories regarding Toyota. I know Jimmy simply overlooked this
one, so I'll help him out a little:
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
Toyota could face a raft of reopened vehicle-rollover lawsuits after
allegations by a former in-house lawyer that the automaker concealed
and destroyed evidence and conspired to obstruct justice in civil
Dimitrios Biller, a former Toyota corporate lawyer involved in the
rollover cases, contends in his lawsuit that the Japanese automaker's
executives "made every effort" to quash investigations from 2004
through 2007. Biller alleges Toyota (TM) destroyed data that should
have been made available to plaintiffs' lawyers in 300 product-defect
An attorney who lost one rollover case against Toyota and settled
another filed a lawsuit Friday against Toyota alleging unfair
practices, fraud and racketeering. "If Mr. Biller's allegations are
true, it should fit into all three of those," says the lawyer, Richard
McCune of Redlands, Calif., who is seeking class-action status for the
In an e-mailed statement, Toyota blasted Biller and defended its legal
department: "Mr. Biller has repeatedly breached his ethical and
professional obligations, both as an attorney and in his commitments
to us, by violating attorney-client privilege in defiance of a court
restraining order that Toyota obtained against him."
Biller did not return a call. Attorneys for Biller said they had no
comment beyond the filing.
Consumer groups are watching. "If the allegations are correct that
Toyota destroyed or withheld (electronic) data, it has the potential
to reopen hundreds of Toyota rollover cases," says Clarence Ditlow,
executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.
According to Biller, Toyota also withheld a report involving roof-
crush data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"There are vehicles on the road today" that don't meet Toyota's
internally required safety goals, Biller alleges in his court filing.
Rae Tyson, a NHTSA spokesman, says the withheld data wouldn't have
mattered in formulation of new rules for rollover safety because the
agency performed its own tests.
Biller's suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on July
24 but escaped notice until it was the subject of a report last
weekend by CBS News.
Tab Turner of Little Rock, another lawyer who filed more than 20
lawsuits against Toyota involving rollovers of its 4Runner SUV, says
there is "no question that information should have been produced by
One of his cases is cited in Biller's filing as a lawsuit in which the
automaker deliberately withheld information that Turner should have
I know you were going to post this, Jimbo, put didn't have time to do
so. No since in thanking me, I know your intentions were good.