A federal judge has ordered that a former in-house lawyer at Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. must arbitrate claims that the automobile manufacturer hid and destroyed evidence in cases involving victims of rollover accidents.

U.S. District Judge George H. King of the Central District of California also dismissed racketeering claims brought by the legal consulting firm of Dimitrios Biller, who was the national managing counsel in the legal services group in charge of Toyota’s rollover crash litigation between 2003 until his resignation in 2007.

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