As General Motors prepares itself for possibly one of the largest penalties ever levied on an automaker,($1.2 billion or more) one Texas lawyer has surfaced with new accusations on GM over mishandling the ignition-switch fiasco.
A Texas lawyer representing owners of recalled GM vehicles has accused the automaker of conspiring with law firm King & Spalding to cover up evidence on ignition-switch deaths that has lead to the deaths an injuries of hundreds.
The global law firm, which helps defend GM from personal injury cases, is being accused of failing to share crucial information with plaintiffs’ attorneys on the ignition switch failure, according to The Detroit Free Press.
GM called the motion “largely a rehash of issues discussed publicly over a year ago.”
General Motors has already released a statement saying, “Moreover, GM already has produced to plaintiffs substantial amounts of privileged material, including many of the very communications sought in their current motion. We strongly deny the accusations in the motion and will file an appropriate response.”
U.S. bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber ruled on April 15 that GM’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization “protected it from lawsuits seeking compensation for lost value of vehicles recalled for the ignition switch defect.” The Texas lawyer is seeking an appeal of that verdict.
Thus far, the faulty ignition-switches have been linked to 111 deaths. Those who have taken GM’s compensation offering have waived their rights to suing the automaker.