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GM cites progress in ignition-switch case settlement talksWed, 20, Apr 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 caseFri, 08, Apr 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 trialThu, 07, Apr 2016
General Motors agreed to settle a lawsuit that would have been the third case to go to trial over a faulty ignition switch linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths.
U.S. jurors weigh whether GM ignition switch caused 2014 crashTue, 29, Mar 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 trialMon, 28, Mar 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 saysMon, 28, Mar 2016
Six former General Motors lawyers who were let go over their roles in the automaker’s ignition-switch controversy will keep their Michigan law licenses, according to a news report.
U.S. appeals court weighs extent of GM's bankruptcy protectionTue, 15, Mar 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 saysTue, 23, Feb 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 planFri, 19, Feb 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 rulesWed, 10, Feb 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 caseThu, 28, Jan 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 conflictWed, 27, Jan 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 saysMon, 25, Jan 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 allegationsFri, 22, Jan 2016
The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors' deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being accused of lying to the court.
GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'Thu, 21, Jan 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 accusationTue, 19, Jan 2016
An Oklahoma family's eviction from their “dream house” following allegations of check fraud is threatening to derail the first trial over General Motors' ignition-switch flaw.
GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash falloutFri, 15, Jan 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 trialThu, 14, Jan 2016
The plaintiff's attorney in the bellwether federal trial over General Motors' flawed ignition switches says the automaker's "blame-the-victim" strategy is already on display in the early proceedings.
GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trialTue, 12, Jan 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 trialsFri, 08, Jan 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 uses social media to respond to customer gripesSat, 08, Mar 2014
General Motors has a strategy to deal with consumers' social media gripes about ignition switch defects: search for complaints, respond quickly and assist customers.
GM fails to avert first ignition-switch U.S. trialWed, 30, Dec 2015
A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected General Motors' bid to dismiss the first so-called "bellwether" case over defective ignition switches in its vehicles, clearing the way for a Jan. 11 trial.
GM fund approves $594.5 million in ignition claimsThu, 10, Dec 2015
General Motors' independent fund set up to compensate victims of accidents involving faulty ignition switches said it awarded $594.5 million and approved 399 death and injury claims.
GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rulesWed, 25, Nov 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.
Former U.S. prosecutor named to monitor GM safety effortsThu, 29, Oct 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 employees tied to faulty ignition switch deserve jail time, N.J. governor Christie saysThu, 29, Oct 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said during Wednesday's Republican presidential debate that he would have prosecuted the GM employees responsible for the company's ignition-switch crisis.
GM's Q3 operating profit jumps 37% to $3.1 billion on truck gainsWed, 21, Oct 2015
General Motors' surging truck sales delivered heavy-duty profits during the third quarter, leading the automaker to its best financial performance since before its 2009 bankruptcy.
GM appoints outside lawyers to top litigation, federal oversight postsTue, 20, Oct 2015
GM appointed two more outsiders to top leadership posts within its legal department, after last year's firing of several high-ranking lawyers implicated in the company's ignition switch scandal.
After GM settlement, an unsettled feelingSat, 19, Sep 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. saysThu, 17, Sep 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 agrees to pay $900 million in U.S. criminal settlement over ignition switchesWed, 16, Sep 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.
Despite settlements, GM still faces exposure in civil suitsThu, 17, Sep 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 sets aside $575 million for death and injury settlementsThu, 17, Sep 2015
GM said it will take a $575 million charge in the third quarter to settle 1,380 death and injury claims related to 2014 recalls, as well as a class-action lawsuit filed by shareholders.
GM ignition switch defects tied to 124 deaths, 275 injuries, Feinberg review findsMon, 24, Aug 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 flawFri, 14, Aug 2015
General Motors is recalling 73,424 Chevrolet Cobalts for misrouted wiring that can prevent a driver’s side airbag from deploying during a crash.
GM fund rejects 5 ignition-switch injury claimsMon, 10, Aug 2015
Five of the six remaining injury claims in General Motors’ compensation fund for victims of its faulty ignition switches were rejected since the fund’s last update on Aug. 7.
GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyerWed, 29, Jul 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 claimsMon, 27, Jul 2015
Three more serious injuries have been linked to General Motors defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
GM case judge says customers can't see U.S. probe dataThu, 16, Jul 2015
General Motors customers suing over faulty ignition switches lost their bid for access to witnesses interviewed by the government in a probe of the automaker, a U.S. judge said.
GM ignition-switch death toll reaches 124Mon, 13, Jul 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 121Mon, 06, Jul 2015
General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flawWed, 01, Jul 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.
GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119Mon, 29, Jun 2015
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning systemMon, 22, Jun 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to make following a blistering audit by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General.
GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 114Mon, 15, Jun 2015
General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 114 deaths, three more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ saysTue, 09, Jun 2015
Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today.
GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111Mon, 08, Jun 2015
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s victim compensation fund said.
U.S. pledges closer scrutiny of automakers following GM safety crisisFri, 05, Jun 2015
Automakers and suppliers can expect tougher data requests and more frequent audits from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency said today as it outlined a plan to prevent safety lapses similar to General Motors' ignition switch crisis of 2014.
Wagoner set for deposition Sept. 2Thu, 04, Jun 2015
Former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is scheduled to be deposed in September in a class-action suit filed by consumers against the automaker over defective ignition switches now linked to at least 109 deaths, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard's office confirmed.
GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109Mon, 01, Jun 2015
The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.