Federal judge DENIES Toyota’s bid to seal whistleblower lawsuit

NATIONAL – Toyota Motor Corp.’s request to seal a U.S. lawsuit by a former in-house attorney claiming the carmaker destroyed crash data was denied yesterday by a judge who said the suit was already ‘irreversibly’ public. The suit, filed in July by Dimitrios Biller, a former Toyota in-house lawyer, claims the world’s largest automaker hid engineering and testing results in more than 300 car- rollover cases.

The company is ‘disappointed’ with the decision, said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman. ‘We remain confident that we have acted appropriately in product liability cases and in all reporting to federal safety regulators,’ Michels said. ‘The court’s decision does not affect the fundamental aspects of the case in any way.'”

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