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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Supreme Court: General Motors Can’t Use Bankruptcy To Avoid Lawsuits Over Deadly Ignition Defect

The Supreme Court has denied General Motors’ legal efforts to use its 2009 bankruptcy to block lawsuits over injuries and financial losses related to the carmaker’s long-ignored ignition switch defect.

When GM, with more than a little help from taxpayers, clawed its way out of bankruptcy in 2009, it did so with an understanding that the “New GM” had purchased all the old assets of pre-bankruptcy “Old GM,” under the condition that the new company would be “free and clear” from liability for claims against the old company.

So the massive ignition recall presented a difficult question, in terms of which GM should be blamed. Some people at the car company knew of the defect — which could result in a vehicle being suddenly turned off, rendering it very difficult to control — as far back as 2001, before the affected cars even went into production.



Anonymous said...

Take your medicine the American Way GM, utilizing pen to paper ala writing checks via settlements!!!!

Do not...DO NOT HIDE your way through this!

Anonymous said...

That takes a lot of balls to receive taxpayer dollars to get bailed out and then try to get out of all NTSB recalls and lawsuits.

Anonymous said...

Its not balls anymore, 1055am. Its no accountability and private industry knows it all so well. Gov't won't do anything...or if they do, private industry prospers.

Politics at its ugliest!

Anonymous said...

Let them go bankrupt. Charge those who knew about the ignitions criminally. Any of us would be charged with neglegent homicide. We have protected them and their bad decisions far too long.

Anonymous said...

GM Just used the bankruptcy to shed their obligations and debts.

What about the employees that got screwed in the bankruptcy?

Anonymous said...

The employees that got screwed. If you are working for an unpopular, mismanaged and financial failing company making $40+/hour to install the same bolt over and over, you had better build some savings. If you don't it's not my fault.