Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Appeals court upholds $11 million jury award in Toyota CAMRY crash

Appeals court upholds $11 million jury award in Toyota crash

Koua Fong Lee

Koua Fong Lee outside of the federal courthouse in Minneapolis 
in 2015. 

An appeals court has affirmed an $11 million jury award related to a Minnesota crash that killed three people and resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of a driver.
A jury in 2015 determined that Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the 2006 crash in St. Paul. A lawsuit alleged the crash was caused by a throttle design defect in a 1996 Camry that caused it to suddenly accelerate.
Toyota argued there was no defect. The company said driver Koua Fong Lee accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

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Lee was incarcerated until 2010 after he won a new trial which showed he was wrongfully convicted. A subsequent civil trial in 2015 found Toyota liable. The 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals Friday affirmed the jury award.