NEW ORLEANS – A Folsom consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against an auto manufacturer over claims it uses soy-based wiring insulation that attracts rodents and damages vehicles.
Steven Weidenbacher filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Oct. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. alleging that they violated the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered economic damages, including but not limited to costly repairs, loss of use, value and resale value of his 2015 Corolla and other related damages. The plaintiff holds Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently used an edible, soy-based wiring insulation throughout their vehicles that baits rodents, failed to disclose the defect and refused to repair the vehicles under its new vehicle limited warranty.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this action as proper class action, certifying plaintiff and his counsel as class representatives, award for all damages, prejudgment and post-judgment interest and such other relief as the court may deems just. He is represented by Nicholas R. Rockforte and Christopher L. Coffin of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin LLP in Plaquemine and Scott C. Harris and Patrick M. Wallace of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-15202