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…]
While GM won a victory in July 2017’s seventh and most recent bellwether trial over deadly ignition switch defects in GM vehicles, legal experts are saying such victories are far from a guarantee of future success for the automaker, which faces a myriad of additional lawsuits over allegedly defective GM vehicle ignition switches.
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.
As the first GM ignition defect bellwether trial opens early next week, Law360 provides a case overview and analysis of the challenges facing GM. The cases arise in the wake of a now-notorious GM ignition switch defect that can cause car keys to slip from the run to accessory position, causing the vehicle to stall and shutting down its power controls and air bags. The defect affects over 12 million recalled GM vehicles, including multiple Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn models. (You can view a detailed list on our GM Ignition Injury and Recall case page). [Read more…]
In response to reports that the fund created by GM to provide compensation to the families of people who died and persons seriously injured in accidents linked to GM ignition switch defect has approved its 100th settlement offer for a death claim, Elizabeth J. Cabraser of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in the GM ignition switch litigation in federal court issued the following statement today: