Bloomberg Politics (4/24, Stohr, Butters, 201K) reports that the Supreme Court on Monday “cleared the way for General Motors Co. to potentially face billions of dollars in legal claims over a deadly ignition-switch defect, turning away the carmaker’s appeal in a clash connected to its 2009 bankruptcy sale.” The court “left intact a federal appeals … Continue reading Amarillo Product Liability Attorney Offers Free Consultations: Supreme Court turns away GM’s appeal over ignition claims.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that General Motors cannot avoid lawsuits from pre-bankruptcy ignition-switch defect victims. The court overturned a bankruptcy judge’s ruling this week that had protected GM from those lawsuits because of the company’s 2009 bankruptcy restructuring. The ruling gives new life to hundreds of lawsuits from potential victims of … Continue reading GM Ignition Cases: Court of Appeals Rules that Ignition-switch lawsuits against GM can proceed
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NBC Nightly News (1/17, story 5, 4:35, Snow) reported that, according to an NBC investigation, there are more complaints about stalling in GM vehicles that were already repaired as part of a massive recall to fix a problem with ignition switches. NBC says the vehicles involved were some of the 2.6 million that were recalled … Continue reading Product Liability: Additional problems reported with vehicles involved in GM recall.
The AP (11/10, Krisher) reports from Detroit that US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber “has ruled that people suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches can seek punitive damages that could cost the company millions of dollars or more.” When General Motors “emerged from a 2009 bankruptcy, it became known as ‘New GM,’” and “the new … Continue reading Product Liability: Bankruptcy judge’s ruling could expose GM to larger verdicts in ignition cases.
The AP (8/24, Krisher) reports that lawyers for General Motors have denied 91 percent of claims for faulty ignition switches, approving only 399 of the 4,343 claims filed. Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund, said Monday that the rejected claims “couldn’t support any connection to the ignition switch.” GM ignition glitch caused ten times … Continue reading Product Liability: Ninety-one percent of ignition switch claims rejected by GM.
On its website, NBC News (6/23, 2.54M) says a report from Transportation Department’s inspector general on the investigation into defective GM ignition switches “contends NHTSA failed to properly review safety issues and then didn’t take required action against automakers when problems were discovered,” and that the agency failed to properly train or supervise staff. Additionally, … Continue reading GM Ignition Case: NHTSA Federal Agency Overlooked Safety Issues, Says Auditor’s Report
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Detroit News (6/12, Burden, Shepardson, 523K) reports that on Thursday, Texas attorney Bob Hilliard, who represents plaintiffs suing General Motors over defective ignition switches “filed a motion accusing” the company and “outside law firm King & Spalding of conspiring to cover up the defect.” The article notes that “GM admitted wrongdoing and paid a record … Continue reading GM Ignition Case: GM, law firm accused of covering up ignition switch defect.
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Amarillo, TX: The CBS Evening News (5/11, story 3, 2:20, Glor) reported, “Today the death toll from defective ignition switches in General Motors’ vehicles reached 100 with at least 184 others injured.” The report said GM knew about the problem for over a decade but ordered the recall only last year. Reporter Jeff Glor spoke … Continue reading Wrongful Death: GM death toll from cars with defective ignition switches hits 100.
The Edmunds (4/28, Lienert, 399K) reports that General Motors is “recalling 1,207 2004 Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Monte Carlo sedans due to a fire risk,” according to the NHTSA. “The valve cover gasket may leak,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “The leaking engine oil can drip onto the hot surface of the … Continue reading Product Liability: GM recalling over 1.2 million vehicles due to fire risk.