Earlier this week, General Motors came out strong against a proposed $15 million settlement for thousands of claims related to the automaker’s ignition switch scandal, a weird scenario that pitted GM against “Old” GM. After duking it out in court, the settlement’s off the table, according to Bloomberg, meaning GM…
Here’s a story that sounds very 2017 for you: General Motors is set to fight General Motors in court. To the untrained eye, that may seem strange, but the scenario is a byproduct of the automaker’s bankruptcy nearly a decade ago, and GM’s deadly ignition switch scandal that later followed, leaving almost 125 people…
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General Motors has won its third of six “bellwether” cases, with a Texas jury finding that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove a recalled faulty ignition switch caused the death of a driver involved in a crash with a Saturn Sky in 2011.
In 2011, Zachary Stevens crashed his 2007 Saturn Sky into another car, killing its driver. Now Stevens is suing GM, but the automaker says the key he claims to have been using didn’t even belong to the car, so they want the judge to toss out the case, Automotive News reports.
Dionne Spain crashed a Saturn on the New Orleans bridge a few years ago, so she sued General Motors, claiming the wreck was the fault of The General’s faulty ignition switches. This week, in the second of six important “bellwether” cases, a New York City jury disagreed.
General Motors may have paid a $900 million fine to settle the deadly ignition switch case with the feds, but it still faces a barrage of lawsuits from survivors and their families. The first such case, currently being tried in Manhattan, has just encountered a huge plot twist full of fraud allegations.
General Motors is going to pay a $900 million fine and be criminally charged for hiding a defect from regulators in order to end a federal investigation, according to sources who spoke Reuters. That’s less than the $1.2 billion Toyota paid, but it’s still a massive fine.