Former GM CEO Rick Wagoner, who led GM from 2000-2009, will be deposed by a gauntlet of lawyers currently suing GM for its alleged cover-up of the now infamous ignition switch recall, which has now been attributed to over 100 deaths (and counting) and many more injuries.
The ex-CEO, who oversaw losses of more than $82 billion during his tenure as head of GM, will be deposed on September 2. But as you can imagine, he’s not the only ex-CEO, according to Bob Hilliard, one of three lead attorneys in the class-action lawsuit against the automaker, is hoping to hook.
Hilliard would also like to depose Fritz Henderson (who was CEO for just eight months, from March 31 to December 1, 2009); Ed Whitacre; and of course Dan Akerson, predecessor to current CEO Mary Barra.
All four chief executive officers held their posts during GM’s period of government ownership and Hilliard demands to depose “every CEO who was there during the active coverup.”
According to a Detroit News report, more than 55 current and former GM employees will be deposed (a sworn, out-of-court testimony that is reduced to writing for use in court or for discovery), though most of the executive depositions won’t start until later on this year.
Former GM General counsel Michael Milliken will be deposed August 26 while Anton Valukas, the lawyer who helmed GM’s internal investigation and subsequent findings, will face his own on September 24. Meanwhile, Mary Barra will be deposed on October 8.