Consumer Fraud

Toyota unintended acceleration cases to be consolidated in California

A U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) announced today that it has selected the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to hear litigation surrounding Toyota sudden unintended acceleration. Dozens of plaintiffs’ attorneys testified before the panel last week in a bid for the jurisdiction.

Beasley Allen Attorney W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, head of the firm’s consumer fraud section, had predicted California as the front-runner to hear the cases. Miles has filed a total of five consumer class action lawsuits in four states – Alabama, California, Florida and Georgia – related to Toyota sudden unintended acceleration (SUA). The class action lawsuits allege Toyota owners have been negatively impacted because SUA problems have caused their vehicles to be devalued. Beasley Allen also has filed a wrongful death case involving Toyota SUA in state court in Alabama.

“The MDL Panel’s decision to send these cases to Judge James V. Selna in the Federal Court for The Central District of California makes logical sense and is a good choice,” Miles said. “That court has the most advanced set of cases in the country currently. Judge Selna is a proven jurist with vast experience in complex litigation and is the perfect Judge for this litigation.”

Nearly 200 lawsuits related to Toyota sudden unintended acceleration have been filed in federal and state courts throughout the country. This decision will consolidate consumer and personal injury suits in one jurisdiction.

Toyota’s U.S. Headquarters is located in Torrance, Calif. More than 8 million Toyota vehicles have been recalled worldwide for sudden unintended acceleration problems. Toyota has blamed the problems both on defective or improperly installed floor mats, and sticky accelerator pedals. Toyota also has recalled vehicles for problems with the anti-lock brakes.

Read the MDL Transfer Order.