Judge Picks Wild Card Bellwether In Toyota Defect Cases

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 7:32 PM ET) -- A California judge on Thursday picked the first bellwether case in consolidated state court litigation over sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, taking the rare step of choosing a case proposed by neither the plaintiffs' steering committee nor Toyota's attorneys.

California Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr instead chose the case of plaintiff Peter Uno, whose attorney sought preference because of his client's failing health.

Passing over the plaintiffs and defendants' choices is unusual, according to University of Richmond law professor Carl W. Tobias and...
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