Toyota Cleared to Depose Non-California Plaintiffs in MDL

, The National Law Journal

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A federal judge has given Toyota Motor Corp. permission to depose 10 plaintiffs among the 200 class actions asserting economic damages tied to sudden uncontrolled acceleration — and gave both sides four months to identify which case will be the first to go to trial. The judge who is overseeing the multidistrict litigation rejected Toyota's request to depose plaintiffs in 47 jurisdictions outside California. But he also dismissed the position of lead plaintiffs' lawyer Marc Seltzer (pictured) that the depositions were "unnecessary and burdensome."

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