LANSING, Mich. - A North Carolina mechanic who moved to Michigan after a serious injury cannot pursue a lawsuit against General Motors, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
The court said the suit involving the repair of a 1975 Chevrolet Camaro was filed too late under North Carolina law, although it would have made the deadline under Michigan law.
Wayne Hall lost an eye and suffered other serious facial injuries in a 1994 on-the-job accident when rivets tore loose from the Camaro's original fan blade, according to his lawyer, Joseph Grenn of Dearborn, Mich. The accident took place in North Carolina, where Hall then lived and worked and where the car was owned and registered.
He sued GM in Michigan after moving to the state.
The appeals court said Hall must be treated as a North Carolina resident for purposes of deciding if the suit was untimely.
Ronald Wernette Jr., a Detroit lawyer representing GM, said although the appeal was decided on procedural grounds, the company denied that any defect existed.