If we are to believe the info attorney Lance Cooper says he has in sealed documents, the GM ignition switch debacle was not a simple screw-up, but — what he suggests — is a highly calculated coverup.
Cooper, who represented the Melton family in their recent settlement case, said internal communications between GM employees, its internal lawyers and outside law firms all fly in the face of the internal GM report led by attorney Anton Valukas. The documents, now sealed, will be revealed at a later date, according to The Detroit News.
Cooper says the correspondences clearly indicate that GM lawyers and others within the GM framework had prior knowledge of the ignition-switch problem before the vehicles were recalled – and Cooper claims this was no “pattern of incompetence,” as Valukas indicated, but a direct contradiction of GM’s internal investigation.
“Mr. Valukas chalked it up to incompetence, and we believe the documents and the testimony that will come out, it wasn’t incompetence, it was a coverup,” Cooper told the news outlet.
Former and current GM employees, as well as certain Delphi employees, will begin their depositions in relation to the ignition switch recall in May. Cooper hopes the depositions–an oral out-of-court testimony that can later be used for discovery purposes–will reveal more about what GM employees knew and when.
The depositions are expected to last until the end of the year, according to Cooper. So, if there was a coverup that took place at GM, those details could emerge sometime later this year.
While these claims are strong, they have yet to be aired out and proven. For now, all we can do is stay tuned.