Can you trust anything Toyota says? As was widely reported, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York reached a deferred prosecution agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation. The Japanese manufacturer admitted that it misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles, each of which caused a type of unintended acceleration. Click here for the Toyota DPA, Statement of Facts, and Information and here for the Civil Complaint: U.S. v $1200000000 Civil Compliant. Kristensen Weisberg, LLP represents numerous individuals and families with claims against Toyota for Unintended Acceleration. John Kristensen is a member of the plaintiff's steering committee for the nearly one hundred cases venued in Los Angeles Superior Court. He was also responsible for an approximately $16,000,000.00 fine against Toyota for misleading the public and United States government regarding why Toyota recalled steering rods in pickups and 4runners in Japan, but not the United States. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
The hypocrisy of the insurance industry is galling, yet utterly predictable. While lobbying in support of a bill to make texting while driving illegal, the Association of California Insurance Companies contended that, "The danger inherent in such activity is manifest." Nevertheless, the insurance industry is not really concerned with driver safety, but its bottom line. "If more and more people are allowed to sue for punitive damages, than claims payouts would be much higher. This over a period of time would force insurance rates upward," the Insurance Institute of America told NBC4.