Congress Blasts Toyota for Withholding Key Evidence, Secret 'Books of Knowledge'

In a statement, a Toyota spokesperson said the company was trying to protect "trade secrets."

"Toyota takes its legal obligations seriously," sad the statement. "It is not uncommon, however, for companies to object to certain demands for documents made in litigation. Consistent with that philosophy, we take appropriate steps to maintain the confidentiality of competitive business information and trade secrets. We are confident that we have acted appropriately with respect to product liability litigation and our discovery practices and look forward to addressing Chairman Towns' concerns.

Biller earlier told ABC News that he has four boxes worth of documents that he claims were deliberately withheld from plaintiffs' lawyers suing Toyota in product liability lawsuits, despite court orders requiring that the automaker disclose the information.

"They were hiding evidence, concealing evidence, destroying evidence, obstructing justice," said Biller.

A lawsuit Biller filed against Toyota in 2009 alleges the company "engaged in improper and illegal activities, including concealing and destroying evidence, perjury, violation of court orders, obstructing justice, mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit crimes." Toyota has also sued Biller, claiming that he had violated a non-disclosure agreement he made when he left the company.

In a previously released statement to ABC News, Toyota said, "Mr. Biller continues to make inaccurate and misleading allegations about Toyota's conduct that we strongly dispute and will continue to fight vigorously. Toyota takes its legal obligations seriously and works to uphold the highest professional standards."   Click Here for the Blotter Homepage.

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