Simply as a consumer, having watched TOYOTA'S TACTICS.....
TOYOTA wants to SILENCE the TRUTH.....
TOYOTA steamrolls anyone who gets in their way.....
Translator Faces Sanctions in Toyota Litigation
A translator who provided internal Toyota documents to news outlets is facing sanctions for not obeying a protective order in the litigation over the carmaker’s vehicles that unexpectedly accelerated.
U.S. District Judge James V. Selna of the Central District of California ordered Betsy Benjaminson, who lives in Israel and is a self-described whistleblower, to show cause why she should not be sanctioned. Selna ordered Benjaminson to appear in his Santa Ana, Calif., courtroom on Oct. 27.
Benjaminson worked for Linguistic Services Inc., Toyota’s translation vendor, and then promulgated thousands of Toyota’s documents.
Benjaminson also obtained a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Michael Barr, a plaintiffs expert witness on embedded software who concluded that Toyota's source code was defective and led to unintended acceleration in the plaintiffs' Toyota Camry. The plaintiff’s expert presented the information during the first trial to test whether Toyota’s throttle-control systems caused vehicles to spontaneously accelerate.
According to Toyota’s court papers, Benjaminson obtained the source-code material from another plaintiffs expert Antony Anderson, who got it from Barr’s Dropbox account.
Anderson is not one of the 17 people to whom Barr admitted he had given access to his Dropbox account.
After Toyota subpoenaed Benjaminson via email to give a deposition about how she got the stolen documents, Benjaminson asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
“Beyond these blatant and knowing violations of the protective order Benjaminson has used her blog to ridicule this court’s orders, lodge personal attacks against Toyota and its counsel and even—most brazenly—to question the court’s competence on these matters,” Lisa Gilford, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP said in court papers. “On July 23, 2014, after receiving the court’s order on the motion and Toyota’s subpoena, Benjaminson authored a post entitled ‘How easy is it to hoodwink a judge on technical matters?’ in which she commented …. ‘How do we really know if Judge Selna is fully apprised and trained or sufficiently advised in engineering matters to understand and pass judgment on the validity of the reasons for the technical secrecy?’”
According to Toyota’s court papers, Benjaminson recently disabled public access to some of the documents on her blogs and Dropbox accounts, Toyota said.
Parts of the exhibits for Toyota’s ex parte application were redacted. Toyota said there is good cause to file the court papers under seal because they involve documents that are confidential, including an internal comparison of Toyota’s electronic data recorders to those of its competitors.
Amaris Elliott-Engel contributes to law.com.
Read more: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202668865312/Translator-Faces-Sanctions-in-Toyota-Litigation#ixzz3CTEv354X
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