Our firm represents many individuals who were affected by the General Motors ignition switch recall and there are hundreds of individuals around the country who are awaiting resolution of the GM Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Lawsuit currently underway in front of New York Judge Jesse Furman. We will provide ongoing updates on the status of the General Motors Ignition Switch Lawsuits, check back for the latest information.
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GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit Update: July 11, 2017
GM has started its second phase of six bellwether trials, in which for the first time the company will be able to address plaintiffs’ claims stating that the revised version of the ignition switch was also defective, an area virtually ignored in the first set of trials.
On July 3, the New York federal judge overseeing the litigation trimmed the MDL by dismissing plaintiffs’ “brand devaluation” claims, claims by those who bought their cars before GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, or who claimed lost value in sales before the 2014 recall, along with many unjust enrichment claims.
The first trial has started on July 10, 2017, in which the judge ruled some limits on the evidence that the plaintiff can show.
At NastLaw, we will continue to update the GM Ignition Lawsuit status as the litigation advances.
GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit Update: January 3, 2017
Many ignition switch lawsuit cases have already settled and the court is hearing what are known as “bellwether” trials to understand the arguments presented by both sides. The initial set of six bellwether trials ended in 2016. The only verdict was in favor of GM, although the jury did find that the vehicle was unreasonably dangerous. Three other bellwether cases were settled and two were dropped or dismissed.
A second set of six bellwether trials are scheduled for 2017, and both sides are determining what cases will be included. There has been speculation that the MDL might proceed towards settlement in late 2017, but the case could carry on for much longer depending on the outcome of the second set of bellwether cases.