Toyota Fights To Seal Ex-Atty's Cover-Up Claims

Law360, New York (August 31, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT) -- Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a bid to seal a former in-house attorney's sweeping set of racketeering allegations accusing the Japanese auto giant of withholding evidence in hundreds of vehicular death and injury suits and subsequently firing him for complaining about the alleged cover-ups.

Toyota filed a sealed motion Aug. 21 asking the judge to seal the complaint and its exhibits in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The complaint is “rife with privileged and confidential information,” the company said in an...
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