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Lawyers Line Up GM Execs for Ignition Switch Depositions

Lead attorney for national case waiting for cover-up documents.

by on Mar.20, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra will be the final executive deposed in a national lawsuit against the automaker due to faulty ignition switches.

The saga that is General Motors and its faulty ignition switches is getting ready to ramp up as a Texas lawyer will begin deposing 35 GM executives, including CEO Mary Barra, in May.

Texas-based lawyer Robert Hilliard who was appointed by Federal Judge Jesse Furman as the co-lead counsel for the national GM ignition switch litigation, which may be the largest single product liability case in U.S. history, is kicking off his depositions next month.

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He’ll begin with Alicia Boler-Davis on May 6 and conclude with Barra on Oct. 8. GM has declined to comment on the case. Hilliard’s case may be bolstered by the automaker’s recent settlement with the family of Brooke Melton, the 29-year-old nurse who died in 2010 while driving one of GM’s vehicles equipped with one of the faulty switches. (more…)

Death Toll from GM Defect Expected to Rise

Critics claim fatalities exceed 50, not the 13 claimed.

by on May.30, 2014

GM is expected to face even more claims related to its faulty ignition switch, including a rise in the number of deaths from 13 to more than 50.

Warnings have already been issued to expect the number of recalls from General Motors to rise this summer. Now, critics are claiming the number of fatalities blamed on an ignition-switch defect that forced General Motors to recall 2.6 million small cars will also rise dramatically in the coming weeks.

An attorney for a group claiming to have been injured in a GM vehicle with an ignition switch that turned off suddenly killing the engine and disabling the air bag claims to have evidence that at least the defect has contributed to the deaths of 60 motorists.

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Clarence Ditlow, the head of the Center for Auto Safety and a long-time GM critic, said this week that his review of complaints filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the defect has contributed to at least 50 deaths and he expects the total to rise as investigators uncover more cases where air bags failed to deploy in GM cars because the engine had switched off. (more…)

GM Brings in Heavyweight Law Firm for Investigation

Leader is former U.S. attorney with tough history.

by on Mar.10, 2014

GM has brought in an outside law firm, Jenner & Block, to investigate why the maker didn't issue a recall of vehicles like the 2007 Chevy HHR that had a faulty ignition switch.

General Motors took steps today to get to the bottom of the ignition switch recall by hiring an outside law firm, Chicago-based Jenner & Block, with a reputation for getting answers.

The firm’s chairman, Anton “Tony” Valukas, is working together with GM’s general counsel, Michael Millikin, to conduct an investigation into the recall. Valukas is best known as the lawyer to investigated Lehman Brothers after it collapsed in 2008.

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Valukas is a former U.S. attorney. It was his 2,200-page report outlining the causes of Lehman’s collapse that gained him notoriety. The report show that the firm had used a variety of accounting gimmicks to improve its balance sheet before it finally succumbed and filed bankruptcy. (more…)