Toyota Replies to Biller's Allegations

The American division of Japanese manufacturer Toyota issued a statement late last week, through which it tries to respond to both the allegations made by Dimitrios Biller and the lawsuits filed by Todd Tracy and Richard McCune. In the statement, Toyota say all the accusations made against it are "inaccurate and misleading." They also announced they have "initiated proceedings against Mr. Biller."

"Contrary to Mr. Biller’s claims, Toyota vehicles are all carefully and rigorously tested, and are all engineered to meet or exceed the high standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the global leader in motor vehicle safety."

As for the $3.7 million severance package Biller received upon his departure from Toyota, a detail which may be considered by some as a sign of gilt, the manufacturer says it was only trying to "avoid the time and expense associated with his unsubstantiated allegations."

"Such agreements are not unusual in cases of highly compensated individuals who have had access to confidential and proprietary information. Toyota acted honorably in seeking a mutually acceptable separation, but ultimately it was a mistake because Biller did not honor his agreement."

Biller himself, Toyota claim he has made a habit of suing both his former employers and the lawyers who represented him in the respective cases.

"Biller was terminated from his position with the Los Angeles District Attorney (LADA) and subsequently sued the LADA for $50 million on the grounds that his colleagues were conspiring to have him fired. He has also sued the attorney who represented him against Toyota (Los Angeles Superior Court, Santa Monica Division, Biller vs. Faber). In court papers related to these suits, Mr. Biller claims he is disabled and has suffered from organic brain disease for most of his life.

Toyota is facing, according to the claims of Todd Tracy, hundreds of lawsuits across the country and perhaps even a Congressional hearing. They are accused of concealing relevant rollover crash data in cases involving accidents. In response, they say they will "defend against the Biller, Tracy and McCune claims vigorously."
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