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. By request of Toyota, the settlement was kept confidential between the families of the victims and the car manufacturer. WSFA reports that there are over 700 similar cases against Toyota currently and this case has set itself as a landmark for future cases to come. However, according to a recent statement, Toyota claims to “strongly disagree” with the verdict reached and they will continue to vigorously defend their vehicles despite the Oklahoma jury finding that they had acted with “careless disregard” towards its consumers’ lives. Beasley Allen attorney and senior member of the law firm, Jere Beasley, states that Toyota had gambled with this lawsuit, but lost in the end. Toyota continues to blame driver error for the reason of the fatal crash.
October 28, 2013