Law360 Highlights the Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters of 2016

Law360 Highlights the Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters of 2016

Law360 reviews a list of “Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters,” covering large-scale cases “sure to make headlines in 2017,” all of which include some involvement by Lieff Cabraser. These highly visible multi-district litigation matters include: General Motors Ignition-Switch defects, DePuy Pinnacle Hip injuries, Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) blood thinner injuries, Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions consumer fraud, and Pelvic Surgical Mesh injuries. [Read more…]

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

GM Ignition Injury Lawsuits

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…]

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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Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on GM Compensation Plan for Ignition Switch Injury Victims

Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on GM Compensation Plan for Ignition Switch Injury Victims

Today, General Motors, through Ken Feinberg, a compensation expert hired by GM, announced a plan that sets a $1 million starting point for each death in accidents caused by a defective ignition switch in GM cars. The plan envisions compensation for a much greater number of victims and families whose loved ones died than the 13 deaths that GM has publicly linked to the defect. There is no cap on the amount of money GM has agreed to spend on victims’ payments, and the company will not seek to assert protection from liability involving incidents before its July 10, 2009, bankruptcy restructuring agreement.

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GM Recall Update: New Buick, Camaro, Chevrolet and Cadillac Cars Added to Recall List

GM Recall Update

On June 16, 2014 General Motors announced the recall of 3.36 million Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac cars sold worldwide due to a faulty key design that has been used for years and could suddenly cause the engine to turn off and disable the vehicles’ airbags. Three days earlier, GM also announced the recall of 510,000 Chevrolet Camaros for the same reason.

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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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GM Ignition Recall Update: Over 300 Deaths May Be Linked To Defect

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Following the recall in February of Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles due to faulty ignition switches, the national media has focused on the delay by GM in addressing this significant safety issue for over a decade despite numerous complaints. BusinessWeek reports that GM “is now at the beginning of a potentially years-long road dotted with inquiries, lawsuits, government fines and public skepticism.”

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