General Motors

DEFENDANT NAME: General Motors Company
CASE NUMBER: 1:14-md-02543-JMF
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 12/17/15

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Hagens Berman, a consumer-rights law firm that took a leading role in the largest automotive  lawsuit in history, represents owners of GM-branded vehicles in a national class-action lawsuit seeking compensation, statutory penalties and punitive damages against GM on behalf of owners of millions of vehicles affected by safety defects and recalls.

About the defects

The lawsuit states that GM issued a series of recalls involving delays, failure to adequately notify vehicle owners and cover-ups from GM. If you own a vehicle made by one of the GM divisions listed below, fill out the form on this page to find out your consumer rights to potential compensation »

affected vehicles

  • 2008-2013 Buick Enclave
  • 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse
  • 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne
  • 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
  • 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville
  • 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS
  • 2000-2014 Chevy Impala
  • 2000-2007 Chevy Monte Carlo
  • 2010-2014 Chevy Camaro
  • 1997-2005 Chevy Malibu
  • 2011-2013 Chevy Caprice
  • 2006-2011 Chevy HHR
  • 2004-2006, 2008-2009 Chevy Malibu
  • 2004-2006 Chevy Malibu Maxx
  • 2009-2013 Chevy Traverse
  • 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt
  • 2008-2013 GMC Acadia
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2008-2009 Pontiac G8
  • 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook
  • 2008-2009 Saturn Aura
  • 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
  • 2003-2007 Saturn ION

about the ignition switch defect

The safety defect at the root of the loss in vehicle value has been linked to fatalities and crashes. Hagens Berman continues its investigation into whether this defect exists in other models not yet recalled.

The safety defect involves the car’s ignition, which according to consumers, can switch off while in operation, disabling airbags and other electrical features such as power steering and power brakes. GM failed to alert consumers of the known risks they faced driving the vehicles, despite promising it would honor the federal reporting requirement of safety risks for all General Motors cars including assets purchased from the 2009 bankruptcy.

According to published reports and government documents, GM had knowledge of the serious defect as early as 2001, but critics charge that the company ignored warnings of the defect’s severity and did not warn consumers.

Reports published in 2005 state that GM issued a service bulletin for some GM vehicles, telling dealers to warn drivers to remove “unnecessary items from their key chains,” a warning that was extended a year later to a broader range of GM vehicles. Reports also state that GM said that it corrected the problem in new cars starting in 2007.

your consumer rights

The suit seeks to award affected consumers the greater of actual or statutory damages under consumer-protection laws, along with other damages for owners of vehicles with ignition switch safety defects and punitive damages.


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against Volkswagen, GM, Mercedes and Fiat Chrysler for use of diesel emissions-cheating software. Our firm’s independent research outpaces even government agencies, and we are the only firm dedicating its own resources to uncovering new instances of fraud. Hagens Berman has also taken on other automakers on behalf of consumers throughout the United States for safety defects and negligence, and your claim will be handled by experts in automotive consumer law.


There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining this action. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class' legal team. In no case will any class member ever be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.


In re: General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation

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01/18/18: Statement from Steve W. Berman

Statement from Steve W. Berman regarding the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Memorandum Opinion and Order, Signed on 1/18/2018, Regarding Motion to Enforce the Settlement Agreement by and Among the Signatory Plaintiffs and the GUC Trust:

"We are of course disappointed in the result but are thankful that the Court reviewed the issue so carefully and is committed to quickly resolving late claims motions.  All parties will have to assess next steps, including whether Wilmington Trust should be removed as trustee given the Court’s unequivocal findings that Wilmington Trust acted in bad faith."

— Steve W. Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman
representing plaintiffs against GM


Read the court's order »

12/19/17: Case Update

Hagens Berman's Steve Berman in Court Fighting GM's Attempt to Kill $1B Ignition Switch Claims Settlement

Read more at Law360 (paywall) »

08/17/17: Statement from Steve W. Berman

“As the documents we filed demonstrate, all parties confirmed we had a deal and authorized us to share that deal with GM. GM then interfered with that deal, and we intend to take appropriate action against GM and possibly those who assisted GM in causing the GUC Trust to breach the contract. In addition, the GUC Trust is a fiduciary to all creditors, including our clients in this case who were denied due process by GM's concealment. The GUC Trust should be acting to protect claimants and not GM.”

— Steve W. Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman
representing plaintiffs against GM

Read the filed letter from plaintiffs' attorneys »

04/24/17: Supreme Court rejects GM bid to block ignition switch suits

On Apr. 24, 2017, the Supreme Court refused to hear GM’s appeal regarding the pending lawsuits concerning the deadly ignition-switch defect linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries. The automaker had claimed the lawsuits brought regarding the defect were barred by its 2009 bankruptcy. The court’s decision allows the cases to continue for plaintiffs represented by Hagens Berman.

09/15/16: Fourth Amended Complaint

09/15/16 Hagens Berman files fourth amended complaint against General Motors on behalf of hundreds of owners. Download Complaint »

07/13/16: Major Victory: Appeals Court Reverses GM Bankruptcy Protection

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that General Motors (NYSE: GM) must face certain claims relating to cars made before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The ruling is a major victory for a class of millions of owners of GM-branded vehicles in the ignition switch multi-district litigation, claiming that the automaker’s series of recalls and cover-ups irrevocably damaged GM’s brand and led to significant loss of vehicle value. read more »

02/10/16: Cooper Motion Denied

"We are gratified that the court found Mr. Cooper’s allegations to be without merit. The court’s ruling allows the Hagens Berman legal team to return to focusing on the cases we are leading against GM." —Steve W. Berman, Managing Partner Download Order »   Read Release »

01/15/15: Steve Berman Responds to Valukas Report:

Regarding GM's internal report from investigator Anton Valukas, Steve Berman responded, "We are disappointed, but at least we get the identification of the witnesses he interviewed who weren’t disclosed. I can also say that after we have been looking at the documents we will show that the Valukas report is flawed and is a serious misstatement of who knew what about the ignition switch defect at GM.”