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Bankruptcy Affords No Protection in GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits

By | Consumer protection, Uncategorized

GMAn appeals court ruled against GM in the car manufacturer’s attempt to avoid liability in GM ignition switch lawsuits. It may appear odd that GM would seek to be released from such cases where their liability is so clear. However, this all relates to their 2009 bankruptcy filing.

Bankruptcy

Out of GM’s bankruptcy process came a new entity, “New GM”. Claims filed against GM before bankruptcy were void in regards to New GM. This meant that New GM could avoid liability in ignition switch lawsuits targeting their pre-bankruptcy entity, “Old GM”.

However, the appeals court ruling essentially said, “Not so fast.

Due Process of Law

GM failed to mention defective ignition switches when filing for bankruptcy. This omission led the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to conclude that GM deprived consumers of due process of law. As a result, consumers’ claims stand against New GM.

No Protection in Bankruptcy

The appeals court judges stated that “[i]f a debtor does not reveal claims that it is aware of, then bankruptcy law cannot protect it.”

GM now faces responsibility in 1000 ignition switch lawsuits that involve death or injury.

File a GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit

Ask an attorney at Carey Danis & Lowe about your case. During a free case evaluation, we can help you determine if filing a GM lawsuit is right for you and your family. Call 800.721.2519, or complete our confidential online form.

GM Pays 900 Million to Settle Criminal Charges Related to its Defective Ignition Switch

By | Class Action, Consumer protection, Uncategorized

UntitledFamilies of those killed in car accidents resulting from GM’s faulty ignition switch have been waiting to hear how General Motors will be held accountable. Now they have their answer: a $900 million penalty.

This has caused severe disappointment for some because they feel that the settlement doesn’t go far enough. They want GM execs who covered up the flaw to be charged. A technicality with corporate law makes it difficult for federal prosecutors to go after individuals.

However, individuals may still be charged, but this type of case faces higher barriers than in other areas.

Internal GM employees knew about the defect for a decade, but they didn’t speak up and prevent the loss of human life.

Faulty ignition switches in these vehicle models, in a variety of years, have been recalled.

  • Buick: Lacrose, Lucerne
  • Cadillac: CTS, Deville, DTS, SRX
  • Chevrolet: Camaro, Cobalt, HHR, Impala, Malibu, Monte Carlo
  • Oldsmobile: Alero, Intrigue
  • Pontiac: GS, Grand AM, Grand Prix, Solstice
  • Saturn: Ion, Sky

Carey Danis & Lowe Fights Corporate Cover Ups

Carey Danis & Lowe is investigating claims that specific GM vehicles contain an ignition switch defect that causes the key to change to the accessory mode while driving, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components of the vehicle.

If you’ve been hurt in a crash involving a faulty GM ignition switch, you may qualify for a class action suit against the company to seek compensation on your behalf and the behalf of others.

Please contact Tiffany M. Yiatras or Casey Flynn, Jr. at 1-800-721-2519 or by filling in a personal injury form. We’re here to help you.

 

Death Toll Climbs to 124 from Defective GM Ignition Switches

By | Class Action, Uncategorized

UntitledThe number of deaths from the defective General Motors ignition switch has reached 124. That number is a grim reminder of how the company’s cover up devastated in many people’s lives.

Various GM models from 2003-2011 have been recalled to replace an ignition switch that can move into the accessory position due to a heavy key chain or sudden jarring. The accessory position disables power steering, power brakes and airbags.

The car maker’s compensation fund said it certified 124 deaths and 269 injuries in July of 2015, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Families of victims are being offered a minimum compensation of $1 million each.

GM recalled 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalt’s and other cars in 2014, with models ranging from 2003 to 2011. General Motors admitted that it knew about the ignition switch problems for more than 10 years.

Were you injured by GM’s defective ignition switch?

If you suffered injuries or loss due to GM’s faulty ignition switch, contact Carey Danis & Lowe attorneys for a free legal consultation to discuss options.

Carey Danis & Lowe is investigating class action claims against GM . For more information, please contact Tiffany M. Yiatras, Corey D. Sullivan, or Francis J. “Casey” Flynn, Jr. at 1-800-721-2519 or via email.

GM Steering Recall Class Action: Join a Class Action

By | Class Action, Uncategorized

UntitledIn February 2015, General Motors issued a power steering recall that targeted 81,000 vehicles. The electronic power steering system in these vehicles, which included the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cobalt, and Pontiac G6, unexpectedly failed, resulting in drivers experiencing great difficulty in steering the vehicles.

The vehicles that were part of the February 2015 recall are:

Chevrolet Malibu

  • all 2004 and 2005 models
  • some 2006, 2008, and 2009

Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

  • all 2004 and 2005 models
  • some 2006 models

Chevrolet HHR

  • some non-turbocharged model vehicles from 2009 and 2010

Chevrolet Cobalt

  • some 2010 models

Saturn Aura

  • some 2008 and 2009 models

Saturn Ion

  • all 2004 – 2007 models

Pontiac G6

  • all 2005 models
  • some 2006, 2008, and 2009 models

According to a New York Times article on the GM power steering recall, the car manufacturer attempted to discreetly address the power steering defect.

GM didn’t make any public announcement about the power steering problem, even though they were aware of the defect. Instead, the car manufacturer notified dealers of how to fix the power steering defect, but only if car owners complained.

It wasn’t until the power steering complaints grew to such a number that GM finally made the decision to issue a power steering recall.

Could you join a class action lawsuit about the GM steering recall?

If you owned or leased one of the recalled vehicles, you may be eligible to participate in a GM lawsuit about power steering. Contact one of our class action attorneys for a free case evaluation. One of our attorneys can guide you through your legal options, and help you decide if filing a class action lawsuit is right for you.

To learn more, please contact Tiffany M. Yiatras, Corey D. Sullivan, or Francis J. “Casey” Flynn, Jr. by calling 800.721.2519. You can also send an email to Tiffany M. Yiatras at tyiatras@careydanis.com.

We look forward to assisting you in any way that we can.