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Join Date: Jul 2006
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Toyota Product Scandal: Allegations of Fraud, Obstruction of Justice
If you notice lots of business jet traffic over east Texas this morning, there's a good reason. Toyota may be flying in an army of stern-faced lawyers to try to head off the latest trouble involving its former rollover-accident counsel who is creating a whole new level of anxiety for the automaker today.
The former Toyota lawyer, Dimitrios Biller of Los Angeles, swooped into U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas, to drop off four taped-shut boxes of documents. Biller submitted them as evidence in one of 16 rollover-accident cases against the automaker that have been reopened, according to a statement from Robert Riggs, spokesman for Dallas lawyer Todd Tracy. Neither Biller nor his attorneys were available for comment yesterday, but we have a good idea what's in those boxes: all the documents that back up Biller's allegations that Toyota destroyed evidence that should have been disclosed in 300 rollover cases - plus other misdeeds. Toyota officials offered no new comment yesterday, but the automaker has steadfastly denied wrongdoing through the whole wretched affair.
Toyota has been going after Biller for disclosing secrets it believes were covered by attorney-client privilege. Biller fought back by filing his own lawsuit alleging Toyota destroyed or hid evidence and test results. With lawyer Tracy ready to ask the court today to let him see what's inside of those boxes, you can bet Toyota will be there to oppose letting anyone take a peek except maybe the judge. And maybe not even him.
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