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Refutation of Toyota sudden acceleration hysteria doesn't stop Toyota sudden acceleration litigation

As the authors of Toyota Under Fire point out on the Harvard Business Review blog (via W.O.), there is only one "sudden acceleration" accident that can be attributed to Toyota, the case of a local dealer that improperly installed an SUV floor mat into a Lexus sedan, causing the accelerator to get stuck and kill several people. Nevertheless, a trial-lawyer-created panic has resulted in a trial-lawyer-created litigation over the "economic loss" from that panic, and the district court has refused to dismiss the suit, notwithstanding the complete refutation of the conspiracy theory of electronic defect. [NLJ]

The decision will eventually be posted on the court's Toyota MDL site. We've been covering the case for some time.

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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