Toyota Must Face U.S. Class-Action Lawsuits Over Vehicles' Losses

Toyota Motor Corp., the automaker that recalled more than 8 million vehicles related to sudden acceleration problems, must face class-action lawsuits filed by car owners claiming economic losses, a U.S. judge ruled.

The car owners' lawyers provided sufficient evidence to allow their cases to go forward, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana, California, said yesterday, making final a tentative ruling issued Nov. 19. Toyota sought dismissal of the suits, contending the plaintiffs failed to plead specific losses or identify an actual defect.

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