CNN.com recently reported that a former in-house attorney who resigned from Toyota has internal documents that are potentially damaging to his former employer. According to the former counsel for Toyota, the documents are very damaging. The former in-house counsel defended Toyota in product liability lawsuits and negligence lawsuits from 2003 to 2007. The former product liability attorney says that he quit because Toyota was withholding information that the company was legally required to disclose to product liability plaintiff attorneys. The article is what every product liability attorney feared – the product liability attorney who left Toyota says that there is a regular pattern and practice of not producing memos, minutes, reports, and e-mails to personal injury plaintiff attorneys. Documents that were withheld can be used to establish liability against Toyota in product liability and personal injury lawsuits.
For many years, Toyota consumers complained of sudden acceleration. As many as 2,600 consumer product complaints were filed. Only now has any product recall been issued although internal documents now indicate that Toyota traced its problem to its software as far back as 2005.
The Chicago injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti have blogged a lot recently about the Toyota vehicle recalls. Recently, the Chicago product liability attorneys highlighted an article focused on how the Toyota vehicle recall has helped to prove the need for trial attorneys. Trial attorneys act as a check and help to give a voice to consumers who have been ignored by companies and the government.
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