A federal judge expects the first sudden-acceleration lawsuit against Toyota will go to trial . . . in 2013.
U.S. District Judge James Selna, who is overseeing the class-action and personal-injury suits that have been consolidated into one federal case in his courtroom, laid out a trial time frame for attorneys on both sides Friday.
The case is being heard in Orange County because the federal court district overlaps with Torrance, where the world's largest automaker keeps its U.S. headquarters.
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Toyota's throttle-control system led to unexpected acceleration, according to the plaintiffs, but the automaker maintains driver error, faulty floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals were the cause.