Toyota fine might help those who are suing the carmaker

Toyota received a pretty big blow this past weekend, as the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association announced that they will issue a fine of $16.4 million to the Japanese carmaker.

According to new reports, seeing as how it isn’t “that” big a fine, at least in comparison to the profits the company is seeing lately, it will be paid in full. There’s still a pretty big drawback, as Automotive News reports it might help the cause of the those who are engaged in lawsuits against Toyota.

“It certainly bolsters our cases. It demonstrates Toyota has been less than forthright with the U.S. government and with consumers,” said Robert Nelson, a lawyer at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP in San Francisco. He currently represents over 20 Toyota customers who are engaged in legal battle with the Japanese company over the unintended acceleration scandal.

On the other hand, other legal representatives are saying it might not help their cause at all, as it can be used by Toyota to show that government inquiries never found anything mechanically wrong with its vehicles.

In case you don’t remember, Toyota has two weeks to pay the fine, or attack the decision, thus taking the case to court. Until then, the pending lawsuits should continue like before.

Source: Automotive News

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