On April 11, 2018, Judge Matthew F. Leitman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin as Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors Company in federal court on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air condition system.
The lawsuit alleges that the GM vehicles in question have a serious defect that causes their air conditioning systems to crack and leak refrigerant, lose pressure, and fail to function properly to provide cooled air into the vehicles. These failures lead owners and lessees to incur significant costs for repair. Many owners/lessees have reported that the repaired parts prove defective as well, requiring successive repairs. As Ms. Martin has noted, “Air conditioning is a standard feature that consumers expect – and rely on – to work properly, but GM’s doesn’t.”
As per the Court’s order, plaintiff’s co-lead counsel have the responsibility of creating and maintaining a document depository for plaintiffs’ counsel, initiating and conducting discovery on behalf of all plaintiffs, determining and presenting plaintiffs’ position on all matters in the lawsuit, and conducting any settlement negotiations on behalf of the plaintiffs, among other tasks and duties.
The vehicles affected by the alleged defect include:
- Cadillac Escalade 2015-2017
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2014-2016
- Chevrolet Suburban 2015-2017
- Chevrolet Tahoe 2015-2017
- GMC Sierra 1500 2014-2016
- GMC Yukon 2015-2017