GM Case Advances
Today, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York issued an extensive 108-page order allowing claims to move forward for GM owners. The ruling found that manifestation of the defect is not required in order to bring statutory consumer protection, common-law fraud, and implied warranty claims, and addressed the application of prior motion to dismiss opinions on the issues of unjust enrichment and incidental damages.
“We believe that the opinion will be helpful to plaintiffs’ efforts to certify classes and, ultimately, to prevail on the merits. This is a big win for the plaintiffs, as GM told the court this issue would be critical for either side and the ruling is squarely in plaintiffs’ favor.” — Steve W. Berman
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Your GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, Saturn, Pontiac, Oldsmobile or Buick may be part of a massive GM recall. Fill out the form to find out your consumer rights »
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 »
Delta Ignition Switch Defect:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
- 2003-2007 Saturn ION
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
Recall 14v355 Low Torque Ignition Switch Defect:
- 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse
- 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville
- 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS
- 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Recall 14v394 Low Torque Ignition Switch Defect:
- 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
- 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
Recall 14v400 Low Torque Ignition Switch Defect:
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala
- 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2004-2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
Knee-to-Key Camaro Defect:
- 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Side Airbag Defect:
- 2008-2013 Buick Enclave
- 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse
- 2008-2013 GMC Acadia
- 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook
Power Steering Defect:
- 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
- 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR
- 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook
- 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 Pontiac G6
- 2004-2007 Saturn ION
- 2008-2009 Saturn Aura
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.
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