And the Toyota lawsuits winner is…Santa Ana!
Friday, April 9, 2010
The more than 177 federal lawsuits filed against Toyota over sudden-acceleration problems will be consolidated and handled at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana, in California’s Orange County. That makes the court proceedings a home game for Toyota, whose U.S. headquarters are in Torrance, about 25 miles north on the 405 freeway.
The cases will be handled U.S. District Judge James V. Selna, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation ruled today. It won’t be easy. More than 50 deaths have been attributed to problems with Toyotas, and the company has been under fire for its response to reports of the problems. Toyota eventually recalled more than 8 million motor vehicles, and around 80 of the filed lawsuits seek class-action status, according to the Wall Street Journal.