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Criminal Charge Dropped Against Toyota

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

This is a breaking update to a story that DrivingSales News reported on a few months ago. The story involved Toyota and its ongoing federal criminal legal saga.

We reported almost two months ago that Toyota may receive a break in its acceleration lawsuit. That legal battle involves the allegation that Toyota deceived consumers by not being forthcoming regarding a potential sudden acceleration problem in certain models. That acceleration-related allegation cost the automaker $1.2 billion. During the past three years, Toyota has received oversight by an independent monitor as part of its costly settlement agreement.

The update to the case, as reported by Reuters, is a decision by New York U.S. District Judge William Pauley to dismiss a criminal charge against the automaker as part of the acceleration case. As part of his order, Pauley wrote in part, “Regrettably, the payment of a $1.2 billion fine and the appointment of a monitor appear to have concluded the government’s investigation into this tragic episode.”

What is your take on this latest development in the Toyota legal saga? What precedent could this decision set for other automakers facing litigation down the road?

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