While the case reviews for those who submitted claims of death and injury due to the General Motors ignition switch failure may be wrapping up, the lawsuits are still alive and well. Customers who owned vehicles affected by the faulty GM ignition switches were recently denied access to an essential piece of their investigation, however.
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman has denied consumers access to information probed from by the federal government, according to Automotive News. The information seemed includes subpoenas and requests made by the federal government during the investigation. The information was deemed relevant by the plaintiffs because it would provide crucial evidence by witnesses and many interviewed by the government in the events leading up to the massive recall, as well as GM’s knowledge of the defect.
“Plaintiffs do not have a right of access to ongoing government investigations or an entitlement to the work of criminal and regulator investigators,” Furman wrote.
The customers are suing for as much as $10 billion in lost value of their vehicles due to the ignition switch defect, and are continuing to seek out the communications which occurred between GM and U.S. government.