A Santa Ana-based federal judge has dismissed one of the bellwether cases in the myriad of freak-acceleration lawsuits lodged against Toyota.
The location factor, however, ended up working in Toyota's favor, as Selna dismissed the case Thursday noting a “lack of jurisdiction.”
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 20, 5:11 P.M.: A Santa Ana-based federal judge has picked the bellwether case in the slew of freak-acceleration lawsuits lodged against Toyota. The trial, which will undoubtedly influence the litigation of the other cases, is set to start on Feb. 19, 2013, according to a timetable housed on the court's website.
The conduct of a trial in the first quarter of 2013 will markedly advance these proceedings. The Court believes that selection of a personal injury/wrongful death case (is) most the likely type of case to meet that goal. The Court designates Plaintiff's selection, Van Alfen v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Case No. 2:11-cv-04143 JVS (FMOx) (C.D. Cal.), as the first trial.
Although Toyota surely isn't loving this process, they say they don't mind Selna's decision.