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Lawyer To Seek $20 Million In Wrongful Death Suit Against Toyota – CBS Local

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $ 20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.
The case involving the 2009 death of Noriko Uno is the first involving the issue to go to trial in state court.
Toyota recalled millions of vehicles worldwide after drivers reported that some of its vehicles were surging unexpectedly. The company agreed to pay $ 1 billion in other suits.
In his opening statement Thursday, attorney Garo Mardirossian said Toyota was at fault for the death of Uno because it failed to install an override safety system in the 2006 model she was driving.
“Toyota made a decision to leave out the brake override system in the 2006 Camry,” he said.

Witnesses will testify that they saw Uno’s car traveling at speeds up to 100 mph as it careened the wrong way down a one-way street, he said.
Toyota was expected to present its opening statement later in the day.
The company issued a statement at the courtroom saying the 2006 Camry had a state of the art braking system and had earned top safety and quality honors. It said an override system would not have prevented the crash.
The 2009 accident involving Uno occurred when another driver went through a stop sign and broadsided her car at slow speed. Mardirossian said the Camry spun around and started accelerating.
Uno was in control of the car and managed to avoid other drivers, including a woman with six children in her vehicle, the [...]

By |August 9th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Lawyer To Seek $20 Million In Wrongful Death Suit Against Toyota – CBS Local|

Man’s family sues former lawyer alleging malpractice, wrongful death – WBAL Baltimore

The family of a man killed after federal prosecutors asked him to cooperate in a criminal case is suing his lawyer, alleging malpractice and wrongful death.

The suit alleges the lawyer breached attorney-client privilege and statements he made to one of his other clients led to murder.
Isiah Cortez Callaway was shot multiple times in April 2011, when he was lured to the 1700 block of Crystal Avenue in east Baltimore. Court records show it was a murder-for-hire scheme and those involved wanted Callaway dead because they worried he might be a witness against them in a federal identity theft and mail fraud case.
Callaway’s family claims the actions of his attorney, Larry Feldman, led to the 19-year-old’s death.
“He was executed because of the misconduct of an attorney,” attorney Steve Silverman said.
The Callaway family’s multimillion-dollar wrongful death and legal malpractice lawsuit, represented by Silverman, claims Feldman committed legal malpractice and engaged in other misconduct by failing to represent the best interests of his client, thereby causing that client, who was a witness against another client of Feldman’s, to be murdered.
“Mr. Callaway came to Mr. Feldman to try to get a lighter sentence in a minor case; what he ended up getting was a death sentence,” Silverman said.
Callaway was a bit player in the scheme in which the homeless drug dealers and others were recruited to open fraudulent bank accounts in which stolen checks and money orders were deposited and the money withdrawn, usually by using ATMs. Federal prosecutors had contacted Feldman to try and get Callaway’s cooperation.
The lawsuit alleges Feldman never mentioned that to Callaway. Instead, Feldman contacted the leader of the mail fraud scheme, Tavon Davis, and talked about [...]

By |May 11th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Man’s family sues former lawyer alleging malpractice, wrongful death – WBAL Baltimore|