The first bellwether trial involving the General Motors ignition-switch recall has been dismissed amid perjury accusations.
Rober Scheuer will walk away from the lawsuit after GM uncovered evidence of the plaintiff forging documentation, thus, undermining his claims. After his 2003 Saturn Ion wrecked without deploying the airbags, Scheuer said the extent of injuries led to him and his family being evicted from their “dream house”, according to Automotive News.
“I really do commend you for doing the right and sensible thing,” U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman told lawyers for both sides before excusing the jurors.
GM was granted the chance to present the evidence to jurors that Scheuer utterly made up the story putting the automaker at fault for the family’s eviction four months after the accident. The judge said the new evidence would probably be “devastating” to the case.
This particular trial was to be the first of six bellwether cases for the ignition-switch trials, and was to set the course for thousands of other motorists in possible settlements. Now, attention will turn to a case GM chose to bring to trial. The next trial is set for March.