GM Trust Negotiates New Proposed Settlement in Ignition Switch Defect Litigation

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), the trust for General Motors’ unsecured creditors has submitted a new proposal to a New York bankruptcy court containing a revised proposed settlement of the company’s legacy ignition switch lawsuits, under which consumers who claim GM sold them defective vehicles seek class certification for their claims. [Read more…]

GM Ignition Defect Jury Told Company Could Have Fixed Ignition Defect For $2,000

GM Ignition Defect Jury Told Company Could Have Fixed Ignition Defect For $2,000

As reported by Law360 (subscription), General Motors had the opportunity to fix its defective ignition switches in 2002 — for about $2,000. That’s not a misprint; for about two thousand dollars, the company could have obtained a “stronger ignition switch than the one that ended up costing lives, jobs and a corporate reputation.” But GM decided against it. [Read more…]

GM Ignition Engineers Forbidden from Using Certain Terms to Warn About Defect

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As reported by Law360, a former automotive industry engineer testified in a Tuesday bellwether trial that General Motors engineers were forbidden by company policy from utilizing certain terms like “problem” or “bad” (and even terms like “rolling sarcophagus,” which even needing a policy against speaks volumes about issues with the switches themselves) when describing the GM ignition switches. This consequently prevented these engineers from warning officials about the failing ignition switches and product defect.

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Judge States GM’s Arguments “Fail as a Matter of Law” in First Case on Ignition Switch Defect

First Trial Case on GM Ignition Switch Defect

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan stated that the arguments General Motors Co. presented for dismissal of the automaker’s faulty ignition switch trial “fail as a matter of law.” As a result of Furman’s refusal to dismiss plaintiffs’ allegations, the first case against GM will proceed to trial, set to begin January 11. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser on the 2016 GM Ignition Switch Cases

Elizabeth Cabraser on the 2016 GM Ignition Switch Cases

In an article examining the landscape of 2016 automotive product liability defect cases,Law360 spoke with Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth Cabraser about the General Motors deadly ignition switch defect cases. The defect, which can cause vehicles to lose power and thus prevent airbags from deploying, has allegedly caused hundreds of deaths and injuries and has affected millions of GM autos. [Read more…]

Lead Attorneys in GM Ignition Lawsuit Respond to GM Fines and Admission

Lead Attorneys in GM Ignition Lawsuit Respond to GM Fines and Admission

Attorneys Steve Berman, Bob Hilliard and Elizabeth Cabraser, co-lead counsel in the high-profile, class-action lawsuit against General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) today responded to the $900 million fines levied against the automaker and GM’s admission to concealing a defect that it was required by law to report under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

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General Motors Consumer Lawsuit Alleges Mail and Wire Fraud

General Motors Consumer Lawsuit Alleges Mail and Wire Fraud in GM's Concealment of Ignition Switch Defect

Consumers represented by co-lead counsel Lieff Cabraser and Hagens Berman today filed an expanded class-action complaint against General Motors (NYSE:GM), bringing RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) claims against New GM based on new information from the lawsuit’s discovery phase that indicates New GM committed mail and wire fraud in connection with the ignition switch defect that causes cars to stall unexpectedly and disables the cars’ airbags.

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GM Recall Payment Plan For Car Accident Victims Summary

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On June 30, 2014, General Motors unveiled a settlement protocol that would compensate persons injured and families of loved ones killed in accidents triggered by the defective ignition switch in millions of its cars. The defect caused the cars to suddenly lose power, often resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicles, as well as disabling the airbags. It has been estimated that over 300 persons may have died in crashes linked to the defective ignition switch.

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Massive GM Recall Highlights Importance of Civil Justice System

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently told Congress that GM is sorry for the American families whose loved ones were killed or injured by a deadly ignition defect present in millions of GM vehicles. While it is noteworthy that Ms. Barra has now admitted that GM’s conduct has caused numerous deaths and injuries, that was not always GM’s position. In fact, for many years, in courts across the country and to government regulators, GM denied responsibility for deaths and injuries. And, it denied the existence of the deadly defect entirely.

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GM Ignition Switch Cited in Near Fatal Texas Crash

Vehicle after an alleged GM ignition defect accident Two days before Christmas last year, Texas resident Tiffany Adams was driving her 2007 Pontiac Solstice on a clear day, while wearing her seat belt, when the vehicle suddenly went out of control, traveled off the road, and collided with a tree. Ms. Adams suffered a broken neck, broken ribs, and other severe injuries that required the amputation of both her legs.

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Consumers Unite to Bring Class Action Against GM Ignition Switches

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that consumers from across the county have joined together and filed a class-action lawsuit that demands compensation from General Motors and Delphi Automotive for manufacturing, advertising and selling certain cars alleged to be unsafe to drive. [Read more…]