Toyota’s managing, in-house counsel in charge of its national rollover litigation from 2003 to 2007 was Dimitrios Biller, Esq. According to law.com, Biller contended, following the end of his relationship with Toyota, that Toyota had been intentionally withholding information that plaintiffs lawyers had been asking for, and had a right to receive, for years. Biller made these contentions in an arbitration action he commenced against his former employer in which he also accused Toyota of being engaged in a criminal enterprise.
Toyota recently prevailed in the arbitration. (http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202477196203) The arbitrator “granted the the company’s motion for summary judgment in dismissing Biller’s RICO claims, and ruled against Biller’s claims of defamation, fraud, and false promises.” In addition, the arbitrator “awarded the company $2.5 million for the unauthorized disclosures, and $100,000 in punitive damages. He also entered a permanent injunction instructing Biller to return the confidential documents he took from Toyota and prohibiting him from future disclosures of confidential information.” (Id.)