Judge May Bar Foreign Plaintiffs From Toyota MDL

Law360, Los Angeles (November 21, 2011, 8:16 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Monday indicated that foreign plaintiffs won't be allowed to join multidistrict litigation against Toyota Motor Corp., which is accused of concealing sudden acceleration defects in its vehicles, maintaining that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue the automaker.

U.S. District Judge James Selna said the lawsuit failed to show a traceable relationship between Toyota, which does its business in the U.S., and more than 20 foreign plaintiffs. Judge Selna also pointed out flaws with the plaintiff's key claim that the company's global...
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