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Ford Recalls 400,000 Vehicles for Latch Issue

May 14, 2015

Ford Recalls 400,000 Vehicles for Latch Issue Ford issued a recall for nearly 400,000 vehicles due to a latch issue, which could cause the door to open while the vehicle is in motion. The recall comes nearly seven months after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into thousands of Ford vehicles for…

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Trial Lawyers to Honor Plaintiffs Whose Case Found GM Ignition Defect – The Daily Report

April 28, 2015

Trial Lawyers to Honor Plaintiffs Whose Case Found GM Ignition Defect – The Daily Report By Kathy Tucker The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association announced plans to honor Ken and Beth Melton, the Cobb County couple whose lawsuit found an ignition defect that prompted General Motors to recall millions of cars and Congress and federal regulators…

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Melton attorneys praise family’s courage – Westlaw Journal Automotive

March 23, 2015

Melton attorneys praise family’s courage – Westlaw Journal Automotive By Nick Sullivan Calling it “the most courageous thing I have ever had clients do,” attorney Lance Cooper of Marietta, Ga., said Ken and Beth Melton risked their financial security by returning the $5 million settlement they received from General Motors LLC in their first lawsuit…

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

March 19, 2015

‘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.…

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

March 17, 2015

‘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…

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

March 17, 2015

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…

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

March 17, 2015

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…

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

March 17, 2015

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…

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

March 16, 2015

GM Switch Victim’s Lawyer Says Ignition Files Show Cover-Up – Bloomberg Business By Margaret Cronin Fisk and David Welch 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…

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

March 16, 2015

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…

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