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Sanyal v. Toyota Motor North America

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division

September 30, 2014

SATYAJIT SANYAL, Plaintiff,
v.
TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

JAMES C. CACHERIS, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on Defendants Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Toyota Motor Manufacturing California, Inc., Toyota Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.'s ("Defendants") Motion for a More Definite Statement [Dkt. 8] and accompanying Memorandum in Support [Dkt. 9]. For the following reasons, the Court will grant Defendants' Motion.

I. Background

On July 10, 2012 Satyajit Sanyal ("Plaintiff" or "Sanyal") was driving to work in his Toyota Camry when he crashed head-on into a tree. (Notice of Removal [Dkt. 1], Ex. 1 [hereinafter Compl.] ¶ 7.) The front end of the Camry was significantly damaged, but the airbags had not deployed. ( Id. ¶ 8(c).) Sanyal was transported by ambulance to Reston Hospital, where he was admitted to the Critical Care Unit for two days before his release on July 12, 2012. ( Id. ¶¶ 8(j), 9.)

Sanyal alleges that he "faced life-threatening and permanent physical and personal injuries in this incident due to failure in development of any of the driver side airbags despite the significant damaging impact and strong forces involved[.]" ( Id. ¶ 7.) As a "direct and proximate result" of the failure of the airbags to deploy, Sanyal alleges that he suffered "serious and permanent head injuries [sic] aggravating Seizure activities[.]" ( Id. ¶ 13.) He is now "dependent on costly prescription medications" and "has to undergo costly diagnostic testing such as EEG and CT Scans, preventative care and medical treatment for life-time or till [sic] cured." ( Id. ¶ 13.) As a result of his injuries, Sanyal alleges that he has had to work at reduced wages and is unable to meet many of his financial obligations. ( Id. ¶ 17.) He also contends he is in the process of looking for a new job, as his injuries do not permit him to continue working in his previous position as an information technology professional. ( Id. ¶¶ 14, 16.)

Sanyal originally filed this action on July 30, 2014 in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County. (Notice of Removal [Dkt. 1] ¶ 1.) He seeks damages for:

(a) Medical, diagnostic testing and related expenses, past, present and future.
(b) Lost wages in past, continuing and future [sic].
(c) Permanent loss of wage earning capacity equivalent to time of incident in 2012.
(d) Physical pain and emotional suffering.
(e) Permanent damage to health and the resulting anguish, hardship and expenses.
(f) Future life care, assisted living and transportation expenses.
(g) Other damages as allowed.

(Compl. ¶ 23.) In total, he is requesting $5, 000, 000.00 in damages. ( Id. ¶ 27.) The complaint does not ...


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