The initial consolidated complaint in the first of many multi-district litigation (MDL) class action lawsuits was filed against Toyota Motor Corp. for damages suffered by drivers as a result of unintended acceleration. Lawyers have chosen to use California consumer protection laws as the framework for their case.
The National Law Journal reports that the MDL compiles more than 200 lawsuits and lists not only individual consumers, but also rental car companies and car dealerships as plaintiffs seeking compensation. The complaint does not include claims involving death or injury. Instead, it alleges that Toyota knowingly concealed information about defects associated with unintended acceleration (primarily due to floor mat and pedal design issues), which posed a significant safety hazard to drivers.
Plaintiff lawyers intentionally chose to cite California state consumer protection laws, including the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and the California Unfair Competition Law. Attorneys explained that class certification is more likely when the law of only one state is applied, and they specifically chose the California statute because it is significantly pro-consumer.
California auto fraud and consumer protection laws are among the strongest and most comprehensive in the nation. If you suspect that you have knowingly or fraudulently been sold a defective vehicle, the experienced California auto fraud attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver are well equipped to handle your case. Call today for a free consultation at (855) 341-2611.