According to NBC News, last week a federal judicial panel ruled that all lawsuits against General Motors from customers who say they suffered damages from the recall over faulty ignition switches would be heard in New York.
The news source reported that the cases would be sent to U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in the Southern District of New York, due to the ruling from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. So far, customers who allege that their cars lost value because of the recall have filed more than 80 lawsuits.
GM was asked to have the cases consolidated and transferred to New York, with the court located in the same district where the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Keep in mind, this ruling affects only economic claims, not claims relating to injuries.
The panel reportedly decided that the district was the most appropriate choice, because it handled GM’s bankruptcy, as well as the bankruptcy of Delphi Automotive, the manufacturer that made the ignition switches in question, according to NBC News.
The ignition switch recall affected about 2.6 million vehicles, including the Saturn Ion (2003-2007), Chevrolet Cobalt (2005-2010), Chevrolet HHR (2006-2011), Pontiac G5 (2007-2010), Pontiac Solstice (2006-2010) and Saturn Sky (2007-2010).
The recall has been linked to 13 deaths.
What Should I Do If I My Loved One Is Injured or Killed in a General Motors Vehicle?
If your loved one has been in an accident involving a recalled GM vehicle, you should speak to our Nashville personal injury lawyer today.
In March, an Adams woman told WTVF-TV that her son was driving a recalled GM vehicle at the time of his death, which had been experiencing ignition problems.
She reportedly told the station that she suspects the problems may have played a role in the crash that killed him, and said that her family was not notified by GM about the problems.
Car accidents involving recalled vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or broken bones. Contact us today and fight back if your family has been affected by GM’s negligence.
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