Toyota in court

Published 9:42 am Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge will hear arguments on whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be granted a new trial or pay less than the $11 million awarded plaintiffs in a lawsuit resulting from a fatal crash in St. Paul.

Earlier this year a jury determined Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the 2006 crash that killed three people and seriously injured two others. Toyota will argue today the driver of the Camry, Koua Fong Lee, should be required to pay $4 million of the payout to the plaintiffs. The jury found Lee was 40 percent responsible for the crash.

Lee was convicted of vehicular homicide, but later granted a new trial. Prosecutors declined to retry him.

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Toyota has also moved for a new trial, saying the court was wrong to allow certain witnesses and evidence.