Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 26, 2009
Dallas vehicle safety attorney Todd Tracy voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit to reopen seventeen Toyota accident cases after conducting an in-depth review of documents submitted to a federal court judge by a former in-house lawyer for Toyota. Tracy's inspection of the records found no evidence to support allegations made by Dimitrios Biller that Toyota hid or destroyed crash safety data.
"Lawyers have a legal and professional responsibility to pursue cases that are meritorious. The documents I reviewed did not provide evidence sufficient to me to continue prosecuting these cases at this time," said Tracy.
Biller, who worked as a key lawyer from Toyota from 2003 to 2007, claimed in his own federal fraud and racketeering case against his former employer that information had been withheld from accident victims in up to 300 civil lawsuits. Biller's allegations prompted Tracy to file suit last September in the Eastern District of Texas to reopen 17 cases in order to determine if evidence had in fact been withheld.
In a surprise move last October, Biller turned over four boxes of documents to the federal court as evidence to support Tracy's legal action to reopen the accident cases. Tracy obtained a protective order that set-up a secure process for the documents to be stored and inspected.
Tracy was given access over a period of several days to a mirror image set of the so called Biller documents that had been created based on the four boxes that the former Toyota lawyer had delivered to the court.
"After reviewing this mirror image set of the Biller documents, I did not see any type of concealment, destruction, or pattern of discovery abuse that affected my cases that I had sought to reopen. If some new evidence surfaces in the future that I believe would positively benefit these cases, I will re-file them again. I elected to voluntarily dismiss these cases without prejudicing my right to re-file in the future," said Tracy.
Occupant safety in vehicle crashes has been the focus of the Tracy Firm for more than 20 years and it will continue as a legal advocate to ensure that vehicle manufacturers, component part manufacturers, and child safety seat manufacturers use safety systems that provide reasonable occupant protection in otherwise survivable accidents.
"I will continue pursuing Toyota and all other vehicle manufacturers on all aspects of vehicle crashworthiness which is the science of preventing and minimizing serious injuries and deaths following an accident through the use of vehicle safety systems," said Tracy. "I have devoted my career to pushing for safety standards that now equip vehicles with better airbags, stronger roofs and seats, better fitting seatbelts, and structural protection for passenger compartments so that more people survive the impact of crashes."
The safety work for the Tracy Firm will continue because many vehicle manufacturers fail to properly protect people in frontal, side, rear and rollover accidents. The Tracy Firm provides the public with safety information at http://www.vehiclesafetyfirm.com.
For More Information Contact Robert Riggs, Spokesman for the Tracy Firm Attorneys at Law [email protected]
Lopez et al vs. Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Christopher Reynolds, Jane Howard Martin, Eric Taira, and Dian Ogilvie
U.S. District Court For The Eastern District Of Texas Marshall Division
Civil Action No. 2:09-cv-292