Meet the Toyota judge
Monday, April 12, 2010
For you Toyota-case watchers, today’s Los Angeles Daily Journal has a quick-hit profile U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna, who was named last week to oversee the claims against the company stemming from its braking/acceleration problems. Unfortunately for nonsubscribers, the piece is behind the paywall.
If you pick up a copy of the paper, you’ll find the piece by Rebecca U. Cho describing a jurist with a reputation for efficiency – a key trait for handling what looks to be a monumental set of cases. A former partner at O’Melveny & Myers, Selna has experience on the litigating end of big cases, from the Exxon Valdez spill to defending IBM in an anti-trust case.
As we reported the other day, the federal multidistrict litigation panel decided to consolidate the cases against Toyota in Santa Ana, within driving distance of the Japan-based carmaker’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance, a Los Angeles suburb.