Toyota Wins $2.5M Ruling Against In-House Lawyer

Law360, New York (January 5, 2011, 8:06 PM EST) -- An arbitrator has ruled in favor of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. in its breach of contract case against a former in-house attorney who allegedly disclosed confidential information accusing the company of covering up evidence in litigation over rollover accidents.

Awarding Toyota $2.5 million in liquidated damages and $100,000 in punitive damages, arbitrator Gary L. Taylor said in his ruling Tuesday that three contracts between the car company and Dimitrios P. Biller created an obligation of confidentiality.

"As an attorney, Mr. Biller had an ethical, statutory...
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