Harvard Law School professor and longtime mediator Eric D. Green has been chosen by U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh to serve as special master overseeing the handling of a nearly $1 billion restitution fund in the criminal lawsuit over Takata’s deadly air bag inflators. Judge Steeh said he trusts Green’s “impeccable” credentials and that Green is the best candidate among several considered after former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III withdrew from the role to serve as special counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into possible Russian influence of the 2016 presidential election.
Professor Green is familiar with the automotive industry and has taught law for more than 30 years at Boston University Law School and Harvard, during which time he has written numerous books on alternative dispute resolution. Our firm has had numerous contacts with Green over the years in litigation involving the automobile industry.
The case is U.S. v. Takata Corp., (case number 2:16-cr-20810) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.