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Supreme Court opens up older GM Cases

With its refusal to hear an appeal from the Second Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court has potentially opened up a new pool of General Motors car crash cases.

The high court declined to hear the appeal of a class certification in the General Motors ignition switch litigation, keeping in place a ruling that enables plaintiffs to sue the post-bankrupt General Motors for the pre-bankruptcy GM’s misdeeds. Because the company shielded consumers from information that their vehicles potentially had defects, the statute of limitations may not have closed on cases involving other GM defects as well – including air bag cases – that pre-date the bankruptcy and public bailout of the automaker.

RPWB is actively seeking two types of crash cases involving General Motors vehicles:

Crashes of GM vehicles that occurred prior to July 10, 2009: We are looking for frontal or side impact near the front of the vehicle wrecks in which the airbag did not deploy for all GM models made between 2001 to 2009. We believe the statute of limitations was tolled due to the Bankruptcy Court ruling preventing people from suing the old GM (which is now lifted as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal), and/or fraudulent concealment of the defect by GM. Fault of the driver is not an issue.

Crashes of GM vehicles that occurred in 2015, 2016 or 2017: We are looking for GM vehicles manufactured between 2001 and 2015 that suffered a frontal impact or side impact near the front of vehicle, and the airbag did not deploy, resulting in serious injury or death. Regardless of the fault of driver, you may have a claim.

Please contact RPWB attorneys Chris Tuck, Bobby Wood or Hoyt Rowell for more information.

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