California judge combines state court claims against Toyota

The Jurist

A California judge on Wednesday consolidated more than 40 pending state court claims against Toyota relating to an alleged safety defect that caused cars to accelerate out of control.

The claims include consumer-fraud class action and personal injury lawsuits. Judge Carl West of the Los Angeles County Superior Court recommended that the state court lawsuits be heard by a judge in Orange County. The final decision on whether to consolidate the claims will be made by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, who is expected to announce his decision in two to three weeks.

Toyota is also facing more than 100 federal lawsuits, which were consolidated last month. The state and federal claims will remain separate.

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