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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Special counsel to see if Toyota hid evidence

Former Toyota attorney Dimitrios Biller may have lost his case in front of an arbitrator, but Biller's claims that Toyota illegally witheld evidence have prompted a judge in Texas to appoint a special counsel to conduct an investigation. I'd say its about time.

If such allegations came only from Biller, it would be bad enough, but here's the deal.  Biller is far from alone. Ditto the case in Texas. The enormous cloud of smoke includes similar allegations from other attorneys, and downright shocking disclosures from a recent Associated Press investigation. Toss in a zillion lawsuits, record-setting government fines, racketeering charges, settlements apparently calculated to avoid jury decisions, and investigations by a federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Really, folks. That's a lot of smoke.

I applaud the judge in Texas for refusing to be intimidated by the arbitrator's ruling in California. As smoke billows from customer complaints and embarassing revelations regarding the Recall King, nobody can be blamed for thinkin' there's a fire.