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Mark Lanier to Serve on Plaintiffs' Committee in Sudden-Acceleration Litigation Against Toyota

(Los Angeles) - Mark Lanier will be one of nine lawyers representing victims against Toyota as a member of the court-appointed Plaintiffs' Liaison Committee for Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Cases.

Mr. Lanier was selected to serve on the Committee by federal judge James V. Selna who is presiding over the massive litigation that now involves more than 200 federal cases.

The Committee will direct the litigation in the United States and will be responsible for gathering evidence, identifying and presenting key legal issues, preparing the case for trial and reporting directly to judge Selna on procedural and substantive developments in the case.

Lawsuits against Toyota began in the fall of 2009 as Toyota initiated the first in a series of recalls that eventually involved more than 8 million vehicles, including 6 million in the United States. Toyota reported that sudden acceleration problems were caused by faulty floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals. However, many experts believe that a defect with Toyota's electronic throttle control system is at the heart of the problem.

The Lanier Law Firm has served as lead counsel in some of the most significant product liability trials in U.S. history, including the national litigation over the painkiller Vioxx. The firm's work in the nation's first Vioxx trial resulted in a $254 million verdict, and paved the way for a multi-billion-dollar settlement of all U.S. claims over Vioxx.

For more information, please contact The Lanier Law Firm.