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Former Toyota counsel files racketeering suit against the car maker

A former managing counsel for Toyota Motor Sales USA filed a federal racketeering suit in July against the company and its parent, Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp., claiming executives withheld evidence in hundreds of rollover death and injury cases.

Dimitrios P. Biller claims in his suit Toyota engaged in a "ruthless conspiracy" to keep evidence "of its vehicles' structural shortcomings from becoming known." As managing counsel, Biller worked on defending rollover lawsuits in which plaintiffs claimed instability and weak roofs in Toyota SUVs and pickups caused deaths and injuries. Biller also named five senior executives and lawyers of Toyota Motor Sales in the suit.


Cathleen Flahardy

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