U.S. District Judge T. John Ward of the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall was going to hold a temporary injunction hearing Tuesday in Lopez, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al., a case in which the plaintiffs have accused defendants of hiding evidence in automobile products liability litigation.

On Sept. 30, Ward had signed a TRO, instructing the defendants to issue litigation holds on any documents pertaining to vehicles, nonproduction vehicle evaluations, or research pertaining to product liability or crash worthiness or documents and communications in the hands of outside counsel. But the hearing is off because of an agreement by the parties, says E. Todd Tracy of The Tracy Firm in Dallas, who represents the plaintiffs. The defendants have agreed to the litigation holds, so the hearing isn’t necessary, Tracy says.

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