Foreign Plaintiffs Booted From Toyota Acceleration MDL

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 7:45 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed foreign plaintiffs from multidistrict litigation accusing Toyota Motor Corp. and its subsidiaries of concealing sudden acceleration defects in its vehicles, ruling they lacked standing.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna said the foreign plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the suit under Article III of the Constitution. While they adequately alleged an injury-in-fact, the foreign plaintiffs met the causation requirement only for parent company Toyota Motor Corp., not the North American subsidiaries, and they did not meet the...
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