GM Continues Efforts To Avoid Responsibilities For Ignition Switch Deaths, Injuries, and Losses

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Our Past:

The Wall St. Journal reports on the latest legal maneuver by GM in the long saga of minimizing justice for crash victims.  The saga has been documented by the Center for Auto Safety at

Our Present:

The Wall St. Journal, in an excellent article, reports:

“GM Continues to Seek Shield From Ignition-Switch Suits

Auto maker challenging July appeals court ruling that denied its efforts to use its 2009 bankruptcy to block lawsuits over the defective ignition switches

By Tom Corrigan
Aug. 11, 2016 5:44 p.m. ET

General Motors Co. sought a rehearing of an appeals court ruling that exposes it to hundreds of potential lawsuits and some $10 billion in liabilities from faulty ignition switches.
Lawyers for the nation’s largest auto maker on Wednesday said the court made two “fundamental errors” when it last month ruled against the company’s efforts to use its 2009 bankruptcy to shield itself from the litigation over the ignition switches.
The decision “makes no sense and is flatly contrary to the bankruptcy code and decisions from other courts,” the Detroit auto maker said. GM said the court’s decision, if not reversed, would permanently damage the bankruptcy process that saved it from collapse in 2009.
The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan denied GM’s attempt to use its bankruptcy to block lawsuits seeking potential claims over the defective ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths. The ruling overturned a bankruptcy judge’s earlier decision to bar claims that arose before its chapter 11 filing.

Steve Berman, a plaintiffs’ lawyer involved in the GM litigation, said the Second Circuit rarely grants requests for a rehearing, and noted the court’s decision was unanimous”.  See

Our Future:
Remember that many crash victims were left out of any compensation and the number of victims is likely to grow as unfixed vehicles are still on the roads endangering people.  See
Will justice ever prevail?
Lou Lombado


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