‘It was a cover-up’: New allegations against GM – CNBC

‘It was a cover-up’: New allegations against GM – CNBC

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‘It was a cover-up’: New allegations against GM – CNBC

By Phil Lebeau

Just when it seemed as if the major fireworks surrounding 2.6 million defective—and in some cases deadly—General Motors ignition switches were starting to fade, two lawyers at the heart of the case said a new round of drama will soon take place.

Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley, two attorneys who have handled lawsuits involving the defective ignition switches, say a fresh round of litigation has uncovered proof that GM actively tried to cover up the problem switches.

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‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ Led Key GM Plaintiffs From No to Yes – Daily Report

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‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ Led Key GM Plaintiffs From No to Yes – Daily Report

By Kathy Tucker

Feinberg’s investigation into the Melton’s claim broke the company’s silence on whether the ignition switch defect caused Brooke’s death. Feinberg determined it did, and GM did not disagree, Cooper said.

Moreover, because of documents GM produced for the Melton case and many others in multidistrict litigation in a New York federal court, Cooper said the Meltons believe they have uncovered the truth they sought. The lawyers are reviewing the documents and preparing for depositions with GM executives which will go forward for the other cases that followed the Meltons’.

Finally, the Meltons were ready to settle because they were simply “emotionally exhausted,” Cooper said. Last Tuesday marked the fifth anniversary of their daughter’s death. “When you’re in litigation, you relive it every day,” Cooper said.

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Lawsuit That Showed GM Hid Ignition Switch Problem Settled – Daily Report

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Lawsuit That Showed GM Hid Ignition Switch Problem Settled – Daily Report

In a statement, Melton family lawyers Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley said that Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to settle thousands of claims against the company over the faulty switches, played an “active role” in the settlement.

The lawyers have scheduled a conference call for Monday morning to discuss the case further. Spokeswomen for both would not comment further. GM said it doesn’t comment on settlements in order to protect the privacy of those making the claims.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined GM $35 million for failing to disclose the problem, and the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the case for possible criminal charges. GM conducted its own investigation that blamed the debacle on engineering ignorance and bureaucratic dithering, not a deliberate cover-up. After the probe, 15 people were let go by the company.

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Feinberg helped settle key GM ignition death case – Detroit Free Press

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Feinberg helped settle key GM ignition death case – Detroit Free Press

By Greg Gardener

Depositions in the Melton’s lawsuit led to disclosures that GM engineers knew as early as 2003 that the ignition switches could slip out of the on position, cutting off electricity to steering, air bags and other functions. E-mails discovered in the lawsuit showed that GM engineer Ray DiGeorgio denied ordering a design change in the switch despite other evidence that he did change the design.

The Meltons’ original settlement was placed into an escrow account because GM would not accept it, said Cooper. In January the Meltons filed a claim with the GM Ignition Compensation Fund. Feinberg flew to Atlanta and met with Cooper and another attorney, Jere Beasley, to encourage them to pursue the Meltons’ claim rather than proceed with a separate lawsuit.

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G.M. Will Face Further Discovery in Broader Class-Action Case – New York Times

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G.M. Will Face Further Discovery in Broader Class-Action Case – New York Times

By Bill Vlasic

“The Meltons’ work is done,” said Lance Cooper, one of the lawyers representing Ken and Beth Melton, who sued G.M. twice for manufacturing an unsafe car that caused their daughter’s death.

The first lawsuit filed by the Meltons was settled by G.M. for $5 million two years ago.

That settlement came after the discovery process revealed that G.M. had been secretly grappling with faulty ignition switches in millions of small cars for about a decade.

The case prompted more internal investigations at G.M. and led to the recall of about 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other cars with defective switches starting in February of last year.

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GM Switch Victim’s Lawyer Says Ignition Files Show Cover-Up – Bloomberg Business

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GM Switch Victim’s Lawyer Says Ignition Files Show Cover-Up – Bloomberg Business

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General Motors Co. executives participated in a cover-up of ignition-switch defects for years before 2014 recalls, according to lawyers for a family whose wrongful-death lawsuit led to the callback of more than 2.5 million cars.

Documents produced under seal for the suit show GM management and engineers knew the switch raised safety issues and ignored the problem, attorney Lance Cooper said Monday at a press conference on the settlement of the case. This contradicts conclusions in the so-called Valukas report, a GM-paid study on the carmaker’s failings released last year, he said. GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra has said she didn’t know about the seriousness of the defect until early last year.

“Valukas chalked it up to incompetence,” Cooper said. “It was a cover-up.”

Family of GM Ignition-Switch Victim Settles for More Than $5 Million – Wall Street Journal

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Family of GM Ignition-Switch Victim Settles for More Than $5 Million – Wall Street Journal

By Mike Spector and Jeff Bennett

The family of a Georgia woman whose death helped trigger a recall crisis at General Motors Co. over defective ignition switches settled all litigation with the auto maker for more than $5 million, their lawyer said.

The parents of Brooke Melton accepted a payout from GM’s compensation fund forvictims of the faulty ignition switch that adds to the $5 million the auto maker paid to settle a previous lawsuit they had filed, said their lawyer, Lance Cooper, on a call with reporters Monday.

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GM Emails To King & Spalding, Others Show Cover-Up, Atty Says – Law360

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GM Emails To King & Spalding, Others Show Cover-Up, Atty Says- Law 360

By Sindhu Sundar

General Motors Co.’s emails with King & Spalding LLP and other outside counsel show the automaker engaged in a “massive cover-up” to hide its deadly ignition switch defect, the plaintiffs attorney who unearthed the defect and documents said Monday.

The GM communications were unearthed in the course of discovery in a suit by Ken and Beth Melton, the parents of a 29-year-old nurse who lost control of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in a fatal crash, their attorney Lance Cooper told reporters at press conference.

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GM settles second suit with recall whistle-blower – CNN Money

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GM settles second suit with recall whistle-blower – CNN Money

The mourning parents who helped expose GM’s coverup of the ignition switch defect have settled a second lawsuit with the company.

Brooke Melton was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt when she was killed in a crash on March 10, 2010 — her 29th birthday. Her parents Ken and Beth Melton were convinced that their daughter was driving carefully and not at fault, so they hired an expert engineer to look at the car’s wreckage.

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GM fund approves 3 new death claims to 67 – The Detroit News

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GM fund approves 3 new death claims to 67 – The Detroit News

By David Shepardson

Last week, GM said it had settled a second lawsuit over the death of a 29-year-old woman that helped trigger the recall of 2.59 million cars because of faulty ignition switches. The settlement came after assistance from Feinberg.

Lawyers representing Ken and Beth Melton, whose daughter Brooke Melton died while driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in a March 2010 crash, said Friday the case was resolved with a confidential settlement “after accomplishing goals of bringing cover-up to light and holding GM accountable for consumer safety.”

“One of the most important issues for the Meltons was accountability,” Georgia attorney Lance Cooper said in a statement.

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