BMW NA Needn't Get Parent's Takata Docs: Special Master

Law360, New York (February 17, 2017, 6:55 PM EST) -- The special master in multidistrict litigation against Takata Corp. and various automakers over potentially explosive air bags recommended that BMW of North America LLC not be ordered to produce BMW AG documents, saying Thursday that the plaintiffs failed to show the U.S. distributor has control of the documents.

Stumphauzer & Sloman PLLC partner Ryan K. Stumphauzer, named special master in December after the previous appointee stopped down, recommended that a Florida federal court reject the plaintiffs’ motion to compel BMW NA to produce certain documents of parent company Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, including those related to the development, design manufacturing and...

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