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In Defective Design Case, NY Court Raises Award from $500,000 to $1.25 Million

In a May 11 decision regarding a products liability case that was tried to verdict, New York's highest court upheld a trial court's decision to raise the jury's award of $500,000 to $1.25 million. For additional information on products liability cases under New York law, readers are encouraged to order a Free copy of Long Island, New York product liability attorney Jonathan Cooper's book, Why There Are So Few Successful Defective Product Lawsuits from www.ProductLiabilityBook.com, or by contacting Jonathan Cooper directly at his Long Island office at 516.791.5700.

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Toyota either has, or is about to learn, that the problem with going to desperate measures to conceal design defects with your product lines is that you can go too far, and then get caught in your own web of lies. As noted in a New York Times editorial that was published this past Friday, Toyota's claim that the federal safety agency had found no defects with their cars where the floor mat was compatible with the vehicle and properly secured was patently false.

Now, Toyota has essentially been forced to issue a product recall of over 4 million vehicles, roughly 3 times the number of vehicles it sold in North America in the past year. And, looking forward, I imagine this is only a small part of Toyota's problem, because I don't see how anyone in their right mind would trust a representation from either Toyota or the government (which, in fact, did look the other way on some of these problems until they mushroomed) that these defective designs, whether with regard to the sudden acceleration, the "sticky" gas pedals, or problematic driver-side mats had been remedied, and the cars were once again safe to be driven.

Stated differently, how can Toyota convince anyone to buy one of their products?

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