Judge lets lawsuits from Toyota crash move forward

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 6:01 PM
Judge lets lawsuits from Toyota crash move forward

A federal judge says a Minnesota man incarcerated after a 2006 fatal crash involving a Toyota Camry who was later cleared can't collect damages from the automaker for the time he spent in prison.

In a pretrial order Monday, Judge Ann Montgomery ruled that Koua Fong Lee was wrongly convicted due to a long chain of actions and decisions by prosecutors, his attorney, the judge and the jury. She says none of Toyota's alleged actions can be considered a "substantial factor" in bringing about Lee's incarceration.

But Montgomery is letting other parts of lawsuits resulting from the crash go forward for now. Among them are injury claims by Lee and his relatives, other injured crash victims, and survivors of people killed in the crash.