Attorney Todd Tracy Says Mystery Boxes May Hold Smoking Gun
DALLAS, Oct. 14, 2009 — A federal judge’s order sheds new light on what Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) is fighting so hard to keep from the public according to Todd Tracy, a Dallas vehicle safety legal expert. The documentation order issued by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward reveals that Toyota’s former in-house lawyer for rollover cases gave the judge a 40-page internal memorandum that is apparently so explosive that only the judge is allowed to keep it.
The order stems from action by Dallas attorney Todd Tracy to protect four boxes of documents from any possible attempt at tampering with evidence. “The court sent a clear message that you cannot trust a fox like Toyota to guard the henhouse,” Tracy said.
Toyota’s crack ex-litigator, Dimitrios Biller, turned over the boxes in question to Judge Ward in a Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case filed by attorney Todd Tracy. Tracy is attempting to reopen 17 Toyota accident cases in the wake of Biller’s allegations that the Japanese automaker destroyed and hid evidence from hundreds of accident victims in court.
The contents of those boxes turned East Texas into the epicenter of what may become a financial quake that rocks the Japanese automaker.
Judge Ward ordered that the remaining documents are to be independently copied, numbered according to box, and coded with a security mark selected by attorney Todd Tracy. The digital images of the documents will be kept on a secure computer database accessed by a secure tracking log and restricted to inspection by only Toyota’s in-house counsel and its counsel of record. The judge prohibited Toyota’s legal team from bringing any type of copying device, camera, pda, or recording device to inspect the documents.
Todd Tracy says Toyota’s PR spin machine cranked out disinformation about his motions to protect the documents. Toyota in a statement on its corporate website claimed that, “…Mr. Tracy was satisfied with the procedures Toyota already had in place to maintain documents relevant to the case.” In fact, Todd Tracy was alarmed that Toyota might try to copy Biller’s documents in order to replace ones that had been destroyed. “I didn’t want to let the fox back into the henhouse to clean-up the feathers,” Tracy said.
Toyota’s response to Todd Tracy’s RICO suit engages in character assassination against Dimitrios Biller in order to cover-up the real issue in this case according to Tracy. “Toyota’s attack mode mentality just shows this fox has fangs for its critic. I don’t know who writes this fiction inside Toyota’s PR Department, but it’s filled with so many side-steps that Toyota’s CEO should be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars,” Tracy said.
Lopez et al vs. Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Christopher Reynolds, Jane Howard Martin, Eric Taira, and Dian Ogilvie
U.S. District Court For The Eastern District Of Texas Marshall Division
Civil Action No. 2:09-cv-292
CONTACT: Robert Riggs of Robert Riggs Communications Company Spokesman for Tracy Firm Attorneys at Law