On September 30, 2009, Judge John T. Ward issued an Order putting a hold on any product liability claim against Toyota. A former Toyota attorney claimed in a lawsuit that Toyota withheld and destroyed evidence regarding rollover accidents. The ex-Toyota attorney noted this summer in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that Toyota did not heed his urging to disclose all evidence useful for rollover suits or for the National Highway Trade Traffic Safety Administration regulations. Toyota forced him to resign. Judge John T. Ward issued a temporary restraining order against Toyota in the case captioned Lopez, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. The temporary restraining order reads as follows:
It is hereby ordered that defendants Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Christopher Reynolds, Jane Howard Martin, Eric Taira, and Dian Ogilvie, together with their officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and other persons who are in active concert or participation with them with knowledge of this order, shall: 1. Issue litigation holds on all documents in any form pertaining to any make, model or year platform vehicle; 2. Issue litigation holds on all documents in any form pertaining to any non-production vehicle evaluation pertaining to product liability or crashworthiness issues; 3. Issue litigation holds on all documents in any form pertaining to research projects that involve issues related to product liability or crashworthiness issues; 4. Issue litigation holds on all documents that are presently or will be subject to any type of document retention policy; 5. Issue litigation holds on all documentation and all communications sent to outside Counsel, outside experts, or outside contractors. The Court sets a hearing on this matter to show cause why this order should not be converted to a preliminary injunction, for October 7, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. This order shall expire on October 7, 2009 unless extended by the Court for good cause shown. The Court has considered the issue of bond and is persuaded that no bond should be required at this time. Signed by Judge T. John Ward on 9/30/09. (ehs, )
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