General Motors Seeks to Block Ignition Lawsuits
The automotive giant has asked a federal bankruptcy court to dismiss dozens of lawsuits, and potential lawsuits, related to its recall over faulty ignition switches. The motion asks a judge to enforce a provision shielding the “new GM” from liability for incidents before its July 2009 restructuring agreement. Though the motion is simply seeking reaffirmation of a protection already in place, it’s being seen as a bid to get the cases dismissed all at once. GM did acknowledge, however, that it has “civic and legal obligations” related to injuries. The faulty switches have been linked to 13 deaths.