Yamaha Still Entangled in Rhino Lawsuits

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A motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on multidistrict litigation to consolidate and centralize product liability lawsuits related to the Yamaha Rhino.

Several plaintiffs who have pending cases are requesting that 57 Rhino ATV lawsuits be transferred from 33 different U.S. District Courts to one court where they will be coordinated as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation. An MDL is often granted in cases where it will help avoid duplicative discovery, eliminate inconsistent rulings, conserve the resources of the parties and the court, and serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses.

The Yamaha Rhino was first introduced in 2003. The product liability lawsuits all allege that the Rhino was negligently designed with a narrow wheelbase, high center of gravity, small turning radius and powerful engine, which combine to make the vehicle inherently unstable.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider the motion filed by some of the plaintiffs to form a Yamaha Rhino ATV Products Liability MDL at a hearing scheduled for Jan. 29 at the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Fort Myers, Fla.