Lawyers fight for lead in Toyota lawsuits

More than 70 lawyers are expected
to try and dazzle U.S. District Judge James Selna at a hearing with their
expertise to head three committees that will oversee key components of the

At stake is potentially millions of
dollars that a judge can appropriate for attorneys if a settlement or award is

More than 320 lawsuits have been
filed in federal and state court against Toyota Motor Corp. Some lawsuits are
claiming economic loss after the Japanese automaker recalled millions of
vehicles, while others allege injury and death due to sudden acceleration.

A judicial panel consolidated the
federal cases in Orange County, Calif., and chose Selna to preside over them.