Toyota and the families of Barbara Schwarz and Jean Bookout reached a confidential settlement regarding the unintended acceleration of a Toyota Camry that severely injured Mrs. Bookout and ultimately killed Barbara Schwarz. The Oklahoma jury found that Toyota must pay victims’ families $3 million in compensation due to this fatal car accident. While Toyota, according to a recent statement, continues to “strongly disagree” with the verdict reached, the Oklahoma jury found that they had acted with “careless disregard” towards its consumers’ lives and has therefore set the precedent for future cases to be tried. Jere Beasley, Beasley Allen attorney and senior member of the law firm, believes Toyota put the public at risk by allowing a vehicle with a known defect to be overlooked.
October 28, 2013