Bellwether Toyota Acceleration Trial To Proceed Jan. 2

Law360, Los Angeles (October 31, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT) -- The California judge overseeing consolidated state court litigation over unintended acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles on Wednesday rejected a bellwether plaintiff's request to delay his Jan. 2 trial, saying the pressure of being the first such California trial doesn't justify pushing back the start.

“I sympathize if your client feels the pressure of litigation; it’s a stressful event,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr told Brian Strange of Strange & Carpenter, an attorney representing retired LAPD officer Michael Houlf. “Clearly, if he wants...
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