Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by Law.com, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!

X

More On

Toyota and plaintiffs’ lawyers battle over discovery limits

Plaintiffs' lawyers want to limit depositions in unintended-acceleration litigation

The litigation following Toyota’s massive vehicle recalls has been a bumpy road.

Now, plaintiffs lawyers representing Toyota vehicle owners who filed unintended-acceleration claims are attempting to steer the Japanese carmaker’s discovery plan in another direction.

The lawyers, who represent economic-loss plaintiffs—or plaintiffs who claim their Toyota vehicles lost value due to safety recalls—say Toyota’s plan to depose 250 plaintiffs through 2013 is unreasonable and should be limited to 50 vehicle owners.

Toyota says the deposition limit would be unfair and would violate due process. U.S. District Judge James Selna will hear of both sides’ arguments on Sept. 12.

According to Tuesday’s court filings, the plaintiffs also want a hearing and ruling on class certification by the end of 2012. They also want an economic-loss bellwether trial to be the second bellwether case, the first of which is a personal-injury case. But Toyota doesn’t want a class certification hearing until January 2013, and it is requesting that the second bellwether case be a product-liability case.

Ashley Post

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.