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Old 10-02-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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Default Toyota ordered to preserve all documents about the ‘crashworthiness

A temporary restraining order has been approved by Texas Judge T. John Ward to prevent Toyota from destroying any of its crash data, and research projects related to product liability or crashworthiness. The order stemmed from claims by former Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller that Toyota withheld evidence in over 300 rollover lawsuits.

The order will remain effective until a hearing on October 7 that will determine if the order would be extended. In the decision, Judge Ward had written that the court “finds an immediate threat of irreparable harm in that, under the allegations, a threat exists that evidence material to this case would be destroyed or altered.” Toyota has not given any comments.

Toyota spokesman Mike Michels could only say that Toyota feels it acted appropriately in the lawsuits. Biller’s suit is formidable on its own but if it does win the suit, it could lead to the reopening of cases that were previously rejected or settled due to lack of evidence.

So far, Dallas area lawyer Todd Tracey has asked Ward to reopen several cases and there are sure to be other lawyers and injury victims who will follow soon.
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