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Ex-Toyota Lawyer Explains Split with His Counsel: I Wanted to Go to Trial

Posted Apr 27, 2010 12:09 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A difference of opinion about how his whistle-blower case against Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. should be handled prompted a pending divorce with his trial counsel, says a former in-house lawyer for the company.

His lawyers recommended settlement after the validity of his severance agreement, which included a $3.7 million payment, was upheld in arbitration. But he still wanted to go to trial, Dimitrios Biller tells the National Law Journal.

"I'm interested in getting a verdict and proving my case and clearing my name," he tells the legal publication.

His lawyers, Jeff Allen and Joseph Wohrle of Allen + Wohrle in Santa Monica, Calif., last week moved to withdraw from the case. Allen did not respond to a request for comment from the NLJ.

Biller now operates LDT Consulting in Los Angeles.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Lawyers Ask to Exit Toyota Whistle-Blower Case Brought By Former In-House Counsel"

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