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General Motors Catches Break in New Ignition Ruling

Judge says expert testimony cannot be used.

by on Dec.28, 2017

GM caught a break in a new ruling about litigation related to its faulty ignition switches.

General Motors Co. may have just gotten a significant break related to private lawsuits filed about its faulty ignition switches on thousands of its small vehicles courtesy of a new ruling from the district court judge handling the lawsuits.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said the plaintiffs in two bellwether cases, according to Reuters, where airbags deployed may not use expert testimony corroborating a theory how the defective switches were involved in crashes.

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Some of the lawsuits allege that the switches, which account for 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries, could have moved from the “run” position to the “accessory” position and then back to “run” allowing the airbags to deploy, but too late to be effective. (more…)

Appeals Court Deals GM Major Setback in Ignition Case

"New" GM back on hook for financial harm done to owners.

by on Jul.14, 2016

After faring well in a series of bellwether cases, General Motors suffered a serious legal setback related to its faulty ignitions.

General Motors Co. just suffered a major setback in the long-running litigation over the defective ignition switch in GM vehicles linked to more than 120 deaths and hundreds more injuries.

A federal appeals court reversed part of a bankruptcy court ruling that protected the automaker from some lawsuits over the defect that prompted the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014.

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The court found that “New” GM is not immune to lawsuits from owners claiming they have been financially harmed due to the loss in value of their recalled vehicles. (more…)

GM Makes a Deal on Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Case

Settlement viewed as setback for other cases.

by on Apr.08, 2016

GM settled the third in a series of six bellwether cases designed to provide settlement guidance for dozens of others against the maker.

General Motors reached a settlement in the third of a series of critical trials over an ignition-switch defect that could make cars stall and lose power while driving.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but overall GM has spent more than $2 billion to pay government imposed fines, legal fees and individual settlements since the scandal broke into public view more than two years ago.

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In a letter to U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, GM’s lawyers, Richard Godfrey and Andrew Bloomer of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, said Thursday that plaintiff Nadia Yingling entered into a confidential term sheet and a final settlement is expected to follow soon. (more…)

Agency Demands Answers from GM About Ignition Recall

NHTSA sends 107 questions to maker with April deadline.

by on Mar.05, 2014

The Pontiac Solstice was one GM model using the faulty ignition being recalled by the automaker.

The heat on General Motors regarding its recall of 1.6 million vehicles to fix faulty ignition switches just got turned up today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The agency, also known as NHTSA, ordered the maker to provide the answers to 107 questions about what they knew, who knew, when they knew it and why they didn’t act sooner by April 3. The recall affects 1.37 million vehicles in the United States. GM officials could not provide comment at press time.

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Sent yesterday, the questions come just it was revealed that GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, is overseeing GM’s response to the recall. (more…)