With mixed verdicts coming in on the Toyota unintended acceleration claims, it looks like the company will enter into a global settlement with consumers injured or killed in these incidents. Companies like Toyota generally let a few “test” cases go to trial to guage whether juries will award damages and, in particular, are inclined to award “punitive” damages (damages meant to punish the defendant in addition to providing compensation to the victims). The general rule of law in most states is that a punitive award requires a showing of intentional or grossly reckless or callous conduct by a higher burden of proof. There was an initial jury verdict in Toyota’s favor in Los Angeles but, an Oklahoma jury found them liable for both compensatory and punitive damages.
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