A handful of more civil cases over deaths and injuries associated with sudden acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles have settled, according to a joint status report filed by Toyota Motor Corp. and plaintiffs in California federal court.
Eight more cases have settled, leading to a tally of 139 cases that have resolved so far.
The settlement process “is continuing to make good progress as the parties attempt to resolve the various personal injury, wrongful death and/or property damage cases” pending in federal court, Los Angeles County Superior Court, and a Texas state-court multidistrict litigation, the plaintiffs lawyers wrote in court papers filed on April 22 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Two official, “intensive settlement process” conferences, as well as informal meetings, have been held. Four of six cases resolved prior to the March 17 settlement conference. Another case has been resolved over the telephone.
Settlement conferences were slated to be held in Texas this week and to be held in California next week.
In March, Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice for making misleading statements to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and Congress regarding its knowledge of defects associated with floor mats and sticky gas pedals.
The multidistrict litigation over Toyota’s sales practices and products liability is pending in the Central District of California.
Amaris Elliott-Engel contributes to law.com.