Toyota Retains Jury Trial Win, Nixing Line Of Calif. Cases

Law360, Los Angeles (January 19, 2016, 9:40 PM EST) -- A California appeals court departed from past decisions Tuesday in ruling that a lower court correctly allowed Toyota Motor Corp. to present evidence about industry practices in a paralyzed Toyota Tundra driver’s product liability suit, leaving intact a jury verdict clearing the automaker of liability.

The court said in a published opinion that a bid by plaintiffs William Jae Kim and Hee Joon Kim to exclude industry standards evidence rightfully failed and that such evidence could be useful and appropriate in product liability litigation.

“In rejecting this challenge, we part company with one line of cases stating that evidence of industry...

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