Toyota was aware of unintended acceleration in 2003, according to lawsuit

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Toyota knew of problems earlier, suit claims

The attorneys leading a class-action lawsuit against Toyota say they have uncovered internal Toyota documents showing that some at the company were aware as far back as 2003 of the problem of unintended acceleration in cars the company made.

In a revised complaint against the automaker filed Monday in U.S. District Court in California, the plaintiffs' attorneys say that in a 2003 field report a company technician wrote up a case of sudden, unintended acceleration.

"The author requested immediate action due to the 'extremely dangerous problem' and [said] 'we are also much afraid of frequency of this problem in near future,' " according to the lawsuit.

-- Peter Whoriskey

HP reaches settlement of federal lawsuit

Hewlett-Packard said Monday that it has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit by the Justice Department, which alleged that HP and other technology companies paid kickbacks to Accenture in exchange for recommendations for government work.

HP denied "engaging in any illegal conduct." It said the deal will lower its fiscal third-quarter profit by 2 cents per share.

"We believe it is in the best interest of our stakeholders to resolve the matter and move beyond this issue," the company said in a statement.

The settlement still needs to be approved by the Justice Department, an Arkansas district court where the original lawsuit was filed, and government agencies. A Justice spokesman declined to comment.

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