By TER Staff
Read the April 2008 letter of recommendation from Toyota's Vice President and General Counsel Christopher Reyonds to their former lawyer Dimitrios Biller.
After reading the letter one can only wonder what went wrong, or changed after this letter was sent that launched both parties into a legal dogfight in state and federal court.
Toyota no longer stands by their former lawyer, clearly not in the glowing terms the letter suggests. They have sued him in a California State Court and Biller clearly no longer stands by Toyota having sued them in Federal Court where he is accusing them of breaking a litany of federal laws.
Just to throw in one more lawyer, Biller doesn't stand by the lawyer who helped negotiate his nearly 4-million dollar Toyota severance settlement. The same one Toyota is suing Biller over claiming he violated it.
Toyota said publicly in October of last year that the settlement with Biller was a mistake, in a press release the company minced no words:
Toyota agreed to a severance package for Mr. Biller in order to avoid the time and expense associated with his unsubstantiated allegations. Severance agreements are not unusual in cases of highly compensated individuals who have had access to confidential and proprietary information. Toyota acted honorably in agreeing to a mutually acceptable separation, but ultimately it was a mistake because Mr. Biller did not honor his obligations under the agreement.
If you ever thought about going to law school, you might want to reconsider after seeing this case. Just a thought. Can't lawyers just get along? It seems in this case, they surely can't.