Sanction Could Prove Fatal To Toyota In Acceleration MDL

Law360, New York (May 31, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge indicated Wednesday he would sanction Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. for failing to alert plaintiffs' counsel about a post-crash car inspection, a blow that could destroy the automaker's chances to prevail in the highly anticipated bellwether trial over an alleged sudden acceleration defect, attorneys say.

U.S. District Judge James Selna said in a tentative ruling that if the case goes to trial, he would issue an adverse inference instruction to the jury regarding Toyota's handling of a data recorder before the suit...
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