Toyota Asks Court to Reduce Jury Award
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. is asking a federal court to reduce the amount of money it was ordered to pay plaintiffs who successfully sued the automaker over a fatal crash in St. Paul.
A jury determined Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the 2006 crash and that the victims should be paid about $11 million. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, Toyota also argued that the driver of the Toyota Camry involved in the fatal collision, Koua Fong Lee, should be required to pay $4 million of the total payout to the other plaintiffs.
The jury found Lee was 40 percent responsible for the crash that killed three people and seriously injured two others. Toyota says some victims have received insurance payouts and the amount it owes them should be reduced.