Landmark Ruling Allows Lawsuit Against Toyota by Hilliard Munoz Gonzales

   Landmark Ruling Allows Lawsuit Against Toyota by Hilliard Munoz Gonzales  PR Newswire  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 20, 2014  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --On Tuesday, March 18, a federal judge in Minnesota gave the green light for Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP to proceed with the lawsuit trial that may be the final chapter in bringing justice to Koua Fong Lee, who was wrongfully imprisoned for four years as a direct result of Toyota's unexpected acceleration problem that came to light in 2009.  Robert Hilliard, lead attorney at Hilliard Munoz Gonzales  VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER In 2006, Koua Fong Lee's 1996 Toyota Camry suddenly sped up as he exited a highway in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lee's Camry crashed into three other vehicles, instantly killing two people and rendering a six-year-old girl quadriplegic; she died the following year. Lee went to trial charged with vehicular manslaughter.  VINDICATION Throughout his criminal trial, Lee maintained his innocence, insisting that his vehicle would not stop and that the brakes failed. No one believed him until Toyota announced a massive recall, admitting that its vehicles could suddenly and unexpectedly accelerate. Based on the new evidence, Texas attorney, Robert C. Hilliard, filed a Motion for New Trial for Lee, which was granted in 2011. The prosecution declined to retry Lee, who was released from prison after serving four years.  Upon Lee's hard-won release, Hilliard said, "This is the crowning moment of my30-year legal career, by a thousand fold. I couldn't imagine being locked up for four years away from my loved ones, for something I didn't do."  LANDMARK RULING Hilliard, on behalf of Lee and the other crash victims, filed a lawsuit against Toyota. Attorneys for Toyota Motor Corp. filed motions to throw out the lawsuits, which were denied by the Minnesota judge in a landmark ruling on March 18, 2014. The judge ruled that the Discovery Rule tolled the statute of limitations and that the parties could proceed with their products liability claims against Toyota. The judge also ruled that the Lees were entitled to proceed with their claims against Toyota for negligent infliction of emotional distress.  "Going to trial against Toyota will bring this case full circle," stated Hilliard. "Three years ago, Lee was a criminal defendant and then a prisoner, fighting to regain his freedom and redeem his life. Now, he will have a chance to stand on the other side, and Toyota must defend itself. Given the evidence, I don't believe this is something Toyota can do successfully."  ABOUT HMG Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP (HMG) specializes in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death. The firm has won approximately $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for its clients. Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP has been successfully representing clients in the United States and Mexico since 1986.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140320/DA87485  SOURCE Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP  Contact: Kelly McQuary, Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez LLP, 361-882-1612, kelly@hmglawfirm.com  
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