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GM bid to block ignition-switch suits rejected by Supreme CourtApril 24, 2017
GM's efforts to block hundreds of lawsuits over its ignition-switch defects broke down when the Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal claiming the suits were barred by the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy.
GM recalling 4.3 million vehicles globally for airbag software defectSept. 9, 2016
General Motors today said it is recalling 4.3 million vehicles for a software problem that can prevent airbags from deploying in a crash. The defect, which affects all of GM's current full-size pickups and SUVs, is linked to one death and three injuries. GM said the recall would not have a material effect on its earnings.
GM settles final 2 bellwether cases over defective ignition switchesSept. 5, 2016
GM said it settled the last two so-called bellwether cases stemming from a faulty ignition switch linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries. The settlement came on the eve of what would have been the fourth in a series of test trials intended to help GM and the plaintiffs define settlement options in 234 injury and death lawsuits consolidated in Manhattan federal court.
GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switchesAug. 25, 2016
A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of GM this year in a lawsuit over a recalled ignition switch that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths.
GM's mid-trial bid to toss ignition-switch case denied by judgeAug. 23, 2016
General Motors said a Texas judge denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key.
Texas judge tosses GM ignition-switch lawsuitAug. 15, 2016
Barra tells Texas jury GM flubbed fatal ignition flawAug. 15, 2016
GM failed to designate a flawed ignition switch linked to multiple deaths and injuries as a safety concern, CEO Mary Barra told jurors at a Texas trial. Barra's video testimony, clipped from a previously unseen deposition taken for multiple lawsuits, is the CEO's first to jurors weighing the company's liability to accident victims allegedly harmed by faulty ignition switches that GM knowingly put in cars for years.
GM looks for another win in latest ignition-switch trialAug. 9, 2016
GM has put two civil trials over its defective ignitions behind it without a loss. A third trial started Tuesday in what could be one of its toughest cases: a Texas teenager arrested for manslaughter in a death later linked to the faulty switch seeks compensation.
GM cites progress in ignition-switch case settlement talksApril 20, 2016
A lawyer for General Motors said today the company has made "significant progress" toward resolving lawsuits involving injuries and deaths allegedly linked to a faulty ignition switch that prompted the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.
GM wins dismissal of another ignition-switch caseApril 8, 2016
GM said plaintiffs' lawyers suing the company over a faulty ignition switch linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths have chosen to dismiss what was scheduled to be the fourth in a series of six test trials over the defect.
GM settles ignition-switch case before 3rd trialApril 7, 2016
U.S. jurors weigh whether GM ignition switch caused 2014 crashMarch 29, 2016
A lawyer for people suing General Motors over a faulty ignition switch today urged jurors in Manhattan federal court to hold the company responsible for a 2014 accident they allege was caused by the defective part.
GM wins key judgment in second ignition-switch trialMarch 28, 2016
GM won a partial victory in its second trial over faulty ignition switches as a judge threw out a key fraud claim against the automaker, a company spokesman said, boosting the company's outlook for resolving hundreds of similar cases on better terms.
Six former GM lawyers linked to ignition scandal will keep law licenses, report saysMarch 28, 2016
U.S. appeals court weighs extent of GM's bankruptcy protectionMarch 15, 2016
Attorneys for customers suing GM over faulty ignition switches urged a U.S. appeals court to throw out bankruptcy court rulings that they say shield the company from lawsuits potentially worth billions of dollars.
GM ignition-switch test trials to move forward, U.S. judge saysFeb. 23, 2016
A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday said he does not intend to alter, for now, a plan to try five more early test cases this year in federal litigation against GM over a faulty ignition switch linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths.
GM ignition-switch plaintiffs ask to revise early trial planFeb. 19, 2016
Lawyers for plaintiffs suing GM over a faulty ignition switch are seeking alternatives to a plan to try five more early test cases in federal litigation against GM over the issue, after a first trial fell apart unexpectedly.
GM ignition-switch deal will not be reviewed, U.S. judge rulesFeb. 10, 2016
A U.S. judge today rejected a request to reconsider his approval of a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over deaths and injuries blamed on an ignition-switch defect that prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles.
How GM ignition-switch plaintiffs' lawyer botched his big caseJan. 28, 2016
Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Hilliard has litigated some 1,300 cases against General Motors over its deadly ignition switches, but he suffered a stunning blow in the middle of a high-visibility trial last week in New York. It was a lucky "Perry Mason" moment for GM.
GM ignition switch accords challenged over alleged lawyer conflictJan. 27, 2016
A settlement fund for the benefit of more than 1,000 GM customers who sued over faulty ignition switches should be re-examined by a judge because the lawyer who negotiated it had a conflict of interest, another plaintiff attorney involved in the cases alleged.
Lawyers leading fatal-defect case against GM must go, rival saysJan. 25, 2016
The lead attorneys in a sprawling group of lawsuits against General Motors over defective ignition switches failed and should be removed, a rival lawyer who helped reveal the deadly flaw urged in a blistering court filing.
First GM ignition-switch lawsuit is dismissed amid perjury allegationsJan. 22, 2016
GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'Jan. 21, 2016
GM got a boost in the first trial over a deadly ignition-switch defect as a judge slammed plaintiffs' lawyers for failing to vet their client, an Oklahoma mail carrier accused by the carmaker of lying to the court. Judge Jesse Furman said GM could show a jury evidence which he said would probably be “devastating” to the plaintiff.
GM ignition-switch trial hits snag over real-estate fraud accusationJan. 19, 2016
GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash falloutJan. 15, 2016
A GM lawyer pushed back against an Oklahoma man's testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn Ion's faulty ignition switch, in the first trial after a recall of millions of vehicles with the defective switch.
GM cites victim's painkillers in ignition-switch trialJan. 14, 2016
GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trialJan. 12, 2016
GM should pay for concealing an ignition-switch defect from its customers that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, a lawyer for an Oklahoma man injured in a car crash told a Manhattan jury today.
GM faces first ignition-switch court trialsJan. 8, 2016
General Motors next week faces the first of hundreds of court trials demanding that the automaker pay for the deaths of loved ones or injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis. The raft of trials, scattered across the country, begins Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
GM fails to avert first ignition-switch U.S. trialDec. 30, 2015
GM fund approves $594.5 million in ignition claimsDec. 10, 2015
GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rulesNov. 25, 2015
General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today.
GM employees tied to faulty ignition switch deserve jail time, N.J. governor Christie saysOct. 29, 2015
Former U.S. prosecutor named to monitor GM safety effortsOct. 29, 2015
A former prosecutor in Manhattan will serve as the independent federal monitor for GM following its agreement to pay $900 million to end a U.S. criminal probe over a lethal defect in ignition switches.
GM's Q3 operating profit jumps 37% to $3.1 billion on truck gainsOct. 21, 2015
GM appoints outside lawyers to top litigation, federal oversight postsOct. 20, 2015
After GM settlement, an unsettled feelingSept. 19, 2015
The known financial toll to GM for hiding a deadly safety defect now exceeds $2.3 billion. But outside of GM, there's little feeling of genuine accountability for the ignition-switch flaw now tied to 124 deaths and 275 injuries over more than a decade.
Criminal charges still possible for some GM employees, U.S. saysSept. 17, 2015
Federal prosecutors today announced a $900 million fine against General Motors and said they have ruled out criminal charges against some -- but not all -- of the 15 GM employees fired in connection with last year’s ignition-switch recall.
GM sets aside $575 million for death and injury settlementsSept. 17, 2015
Despite settlements, GM still faces exposure in civil suitsSept. 17, 2015
General Motors' potential liability over flawed ignition switches isn't over yet, and billions of dollars remain at stake. GM agreed today to pay $575 million to end a shareholder suit tied to the defect and more than 1,380 civil cases by victims. A separate $900 million accord with the U.S. government resolved a criminal probe into the matter.
GM agrees to pay $900 million in U.S. criminal settlement over ignition switchesSept. 16, 2015
General Motors admitted it hid from the government and the public a lethal defect in its vehicle ignition switches, and agreed to pay $900 million to end a U.S. criminal probe over its problem, which has been linked to 124 deaths.
GM ignition switch defects tied to 124 deaths, 275 injuries, Feinberg review findsAug. 24, 2015
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has completed its review of all 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors' faulty ignition switches. The switches, which prompted the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles last year, now have been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, 17 of which were serious.
GM recalls 2010 Cobalts for wiring flawAug. 14, 2015
GM fund rejects 5 ignition-switch injury claimsAug. 10, 2015
GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyerJuly 29, 2015
General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its “false narrative” about recalls of cars with defective ignition switches. GM lost a bid to stop lawyers from circulating information about the recalls, obtained ahead of a January trial.
GM fund approves 3 more serious-injury claimsJuly 27, 2015
GM case judge says customers can't see U.S. probe dataJuly 16, 2015
GM ignition-switch death toll reaches 124July 13, 2015
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg’s office has has nearly completed its review of 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors’ recalled ignition switches. So far, the death toll is 124 deaths, three more than last week.
GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121July 6, 2015
GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flawJuly 1, 2015
GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. GM says a similar defect subsequently detected in an additional 10 million vehicles is ineligible for compensation because the company recalled the cars immediately after discovering the flaw. Some victims and their advocates think GM should expand the fund for other victims.