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Judge Confirms $2.6M Arbitration Award for Toyota in Claim Against Its Ex-Lawyer

A federal judge has confirmed an arbitrator’s decision requiring lawyer Dimitrios Biller to pay $2.6 million to his one-time employer, Toyota Motor Co., for disclosing confidential information.

Biller says he’ll appeal all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, Corporate Counsel reports. He had claimed the arbitrator failed to explain his decision sufficiently, showed partiality, and didn’t follow the law. U.S. District Judge George King rejected each argument in a March 17 order (PDF posted by the Am Law Daily).

Biller was former managing counsel for Toyota Motor Sales USA. He first made news in 2009 when he filed a lawsuit against Toyota claiming the automaker destroyed evidence in hundreds of rollover suits, leading to his mental breakdown and firing. Toyota had previously sued Biller, claiming he breached his $3.7 million severance agreement by using confidential information in his legal consulting business.

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