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Court Says General Motors’ Bankruptcy Order Shields it From Wrongful Death, Injury Claims

autoAccording to a recent federal court ruling, General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy order protects it from the death and injury claims filed due to faulty ignition switches in their older, small cars.

According to Judge Robert Gerber in New York, the plaintiffs who faced a decrease in the value of their cars would still be able to sue General Motors for any loss that incurred due to company actions after July 2009.

General Motors said the court’s decision of barring the matters of old GM is appropriate and that the Judge’s ruling “doesn’t establish any liability against GM, and the plaintiffs must prove the merits of their claims.”

Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents several plaintiffs in their wrongful death and injury claims against General Motors, said, “Hundreds of victims and their families will go to bed tonight forever deprived of justiceā€¦ GM, bathing in billions, may now turn its back on the dead and injured, worry free.”

$400 million To Cover GM Ignition-Switch Compensation


General Motors has set aside an initial $400 million to cover its costs of compensation. Claims of ignition-switch defects in its cars total 4,312. Fifty-six deaths, and 87 injuries are eligible for compensation. A number of other death, catastrophic injury and less-serious injury incidents were not considered eligible. The deadline was Jan. 31.