U.S. District Judge James V. Siena will preside over the cases which range from plaintiffs who claim they lost value as a result of Toyota's "sticky pedal" and floor-mat recalls of 8.5 million vehicles to those who have actually lost loved ones to alleged sudden-acceleration crashes.
Torrance-based Toyota made the request in San Diego last month to consolidate all the sudden-acceleration and recall-related cases in Los Angeles.
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