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First Toyota sudden acceleration case dismissed

Judge says bellwether case fails to reach threshold for damages, should be filed in Utah state court

U.S. federal judge James Selna dismissed the first sudden acceleration lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. Thursday, saying his court lacked jurisdiction and the case should have been filed in Utah state court.

The world’s largest automaker has been in hot water since recalling millions of vehicles in late 2009, after receiving claims regarding sudden acceleration caused by problems with the vehicles’ gas pedal and floor mats.

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