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A Court authorized the Notice because you have a right to know about a proposed Settlement of two class action lawsuits and about all of your options and associated deadlines before the Court decides whether to give final approval to the Settlement. The class actions were consolidated by the Court under the name of Remy McCarthy, et al., v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al., No. 8:18-CV-00201-JLS-KES. The defendants are Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. The Notice explains the claims and allegations in the litigation, the Settlement, and your legal rights.
You are NOT being sued. The Court still has to decide whether to finally approve the Settlement. Payments and other benefits will be distributed only if the Court finally approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved in favor of the Settlement. Please be patient and check this website regularly for updates.
Please do not contact the Court or Toyota Dealers regarding the details of this Settlement while it is pending before the Court. All questions should be directed to the Settlement Notice Administrator at 1-833-942-3997.
Because no appeals have been filed, the Final Effective Date is March 6, 2023.
The cy pres doctrine allows for the distribution of undistributed Settlement funds to charitable causes, which indirectly benefit the Settlement Class.
The proposed cy pres recipient in this case is Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute (“TTI”). For 70 years, TTI has addressed complex transportation challenges and opportunities with innovation, objectivity and unmatched technical expertise. With expertise in engineering, planning, economics, policy, public engagement, environmental sciences, data sciences, and social sciences, TTI researchers play a key role in educating the next generation of transportation professionals, training students both in the laboratory and in the classroom. See generally https://tti.tamu.edu/about/.
The Court has appointed lawyers to collectively represent Class Members. These lawyers are called “Class Counsel”: Jeffrey L. Fazio and Dina E. Micheletti of Fazio Micheletti LLP and Amnon Z. Siegel of Miller Barondess LLP are Class Counsel. If you want to be represented by another lawyer, you may hire one to appear in Court for you at your own expense. Their contact information is as follows:
Jeffrey L. Fazio
Dina E. Micheletti
Fazio Micheletti LLP
1111 Broadway, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (925) 543-2555
Fax: (925) 369-0344
Amnon Z. Siegel
Miller Barondess LLP
1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: (310) 552-4400
Fax: (310) 552-8400
All correspondence, including but not limited to paper claim forms, must be directed to this address, Prius IPM Settlement Notice Administrator c/o Kroll Settlement Administration, PO Box 5324, New York, NY 10150-5324. Please Do Not Contact the Court.
The Court granted final approval of the Settlement on February 3, 2023, and no appeals were filed during the required appeals period. Therefore, the Settlement is now final.
Please do not contact the Court. All questions should be directed to the Settlement Notice Administrator.