• Judge Recommends Coordination Of Toyota Suits
  • June 9, 2010 | Author: John D. Epps
  • Law Firm: Hunton & Williams LLP - Richmond Office
  • In Toyota Motor Cases, No. JCCP4621, pending in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Judge Carl West heard argument on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 regarding whether to coordinate 21 California state court cases pending against Toyota Motor Corporation alleging that its vehicles are prone to sudden and unintended acceleration.  Judge West tentatively ruled that the cases would be coordinated in either Orange County or Los Angeles County. 

    These 21 state court cases are separate from the more than 200 federal lawsuits that were combined on April 9 before the Honorable James V. Selna in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
    Attorneys representing some of the individual plaintiffs voiced their concern that coordination of their cases with the other litigations would slow down their cases.  However, other plaintiffs’ counsel and counsel for Toyota Motor Corporation argued in favor of coordinating the cases because it would serve to streamline the discovery process and avoid duplication of efforts.  In addition to creating efficiencies in an often cumbersome and expensive discovery process, the coordination of cases pending before different courts can be a useful tool for mitigating against inconsistent rulings.