Dozens of sudden-acceleration lawsuits filed against Toyota Motor Corp. in California’s state courts will be coordinated in Los Angeles.

California Chief Justice Ronald George issued an order to that effect on Tuesday, following a hearing on May 21 when Los Angeles County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Carl West coordinated at least 21 lawsuits into a single proceeding. Related federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) encompassing more than 200 lawsuits is pending in nearby Santa Ana, Calif., which is in Orange County.

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