New Albany fires city attorney over Toyota

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Albany has fired its city attorney allegedly because he filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which plans to open a plant in nearby Blue Springs.

Robert M. Carter said he’ll fight his dismissal, which came last week after aldermen met in a closed-door session.

Carter said officials are upset he filed a federal lawsuit seeking class action status alleging Toyota didn’t adequately respond to accelerator malfunctions, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

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Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles due to the problem.

Carter says he did nothing wrong because the filing was part of his private practice.

Toyota built a plant in Mississippi but says no cars will be produced there until the economy improves.