Last year, General Motors settled a lawsuit brought by the parents of Brooke Melton, who died in a 2010 crash driving a Chevrolet Cobalt. After it was discovered that the Cobalt had defective ignition switches that were later recalled, the Melton family filed a new complaint this past May. Tomorrow, GM will ask a judge to reject the attempted revival.
Automotive News reports that the Melton family claims GM fraudulently hid the Cobalt’s defects in the Cobalt and did not provide evidence before the initial settlement was reached. A revived lawsuit would give the Meltons the right to seek evidence of GM’s knowledge of the ignition switch defect before the recalls were announced.
On the other hand, GM says the lawsuit shouldn’t move forward because it was already settled. Says company spokesman Greg Martin, “We believe the parties reached a good-faith settlement.”
However, the lawyer for the Melton family has a different outlook on the circumstances, adding, “We can begin discovery next week. Sorting out [evidence] may take a fair amount of time.” Both sides will be in State Court in Marietta, Georgia tomorrow before Judge Kathryn J. Tanksley.