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JAMS Neutrals Justice John K. Trotter (Ret.) and Justice Steven J. Stone (Ret.) to Serve as Special Masters in Toyota Multi-District Litigation

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Santa Ana, CA – JAMS, The Resolution Experts, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, announced that U.S. District Judge James V. Selna confirmed that JAMS neutrals Justice John K. Trotter (Ret.) and Justice Steven J. Stone (Ret.) will be the Special Masters in the Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation.

“JAMS neutrals are frequently called upon to serve as special masters in multi-district litigation and Justice Trotter and Justice Stone are highly respected and experienced in such matters,” said Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO. “These neutrals have decades of experience and are skilled in managing multiple parties and complex legal issues. JAMS’ world class case management and administration are often key to the successful handling of the numerous issues that arise during mass and class actions.”

Justice Trotter has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s leading experts in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and has a thorough knowledge of all ADR hearing formats and procedures. He has served as a Special Master in several multi-district litigation pharmaceutical matters including Zyprexa I, Zyprexa II, Baycol, Rezulin, Vioxx and other complex cases in both federal and state court. A recent high profile assignment includes the mediation of a series of claims between San Diego homeowners and San Diego Gas & Electric related to property damage caused by the 2007 fires. Prior to joining JAMS, Justice Trotter served as Presiding Justice of California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Justice Stone has extensive experience in the resolution of multi-party disputes in all areas of civil litigation. He has handled a variety of products liability matters including automotive defective product class actions, tire failures such as Firestone, crashworthiness of vehicles, seatbelt failure claims, airbag deployment, rollovers, axle and wheel failures, automobile seat design failures, effect or after-market modifications, and all manner of auto and truck collisions. He also has significant expertise in mass torts, construction defect, inverse condemnation, professional liability, employment, business, insurance, and personal injury. Prior to joining JAMS, Justice Stone served as Presiding Justice of California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal.

About JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Founded in 1979, JAMS, The Resolution Experts is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its 250 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.

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