Judge Won't Certify Class In Toyota Highlander Defect Case

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday denied certification to a putative class of 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid owners who sued last year claiming the carmaker failed to notify them of a defective inverter assembly, a central component, in some of the vehicles.

U.S. District Judge George H. King ordered the plaintiffs, Irina and Kark Gaal and Richard Kelly, to meet with Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. for settlement talks, saying that a mutually-agreed upon resolution was in the best interest of all parties.

“Only after we...
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