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GM Agrees to Begin Settlement of Deadly Ignition Switch Claims

Posted September 18, 2015 - James R. Gregory, Trial Attorney

In May of last year, the New York Times eloquently reported on how an ignition switch fault destroyed an unknown number of lives and lead to a recall of over two million vehicles. Per that Times article, GM withheld information from families and government investigators about the defect, leading one innocent driver to be charged with homicide related to the death of her boyfriend.

Yesterday, GM announced that it will spend as much as $900 million in settlement of a criminal case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with its horrific conduct in the case. This sum will be in addition to $575 million in civil settlements with private parties.

Phillip C. Gilbert & Associates applaud the Justice Department as well as lawyers for GM’s victims for bringing the company’s malfeasance to light, and securing recompense for those injured.