Mary Barra Among Those To Depose Over GM Ignition Recall

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
mary barra among those to depose over gm ignition recall

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be among those called to depose over the automaker’s February 2014 ignition switch recall by lawyers.

The Detroit News reports Barra will join over three dozen former and current GM employees and execs in a months-long deposition process set to start May 6; Barra’s deposition October 8 will be the last one.

The process is linked to a consolidated group of lawsuits led by attorney Robert Hilliard, whose plaintiffs are seeking damages for lost resale value, injury and death as a result of GM’s decade-long delay in recalling the defective ignition switch at the center of the maelstrom.

Related documents that were released as part of a recent settlement with the Melton family — one of the families affected by the recall — lead Hilliard to believe the automaker knew more than it let on; thus, the deposition process about to occur:

Given the damning documents we have uncovered throughout the course of this litigation, the dance floor is very, very small and no GM witness will be able to shuffle around the truth. I expect we will find out how high up this cover-up goes.

Other witnesses include former engineer Ray DeGiorgio, former general counsel Michael Millikin, engineering director David Cary, and senior vice president of global connected customer experience Alicia Boler-Davis, who will be the first to be deposed.

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  • Flybrian Flybrian on Mar 23, 2015

    Rob Riggle plays Mark Reuss in the movie version of this fiasco. That's all.

  • Frantz Frantz on Mar 23, 2015

    The suits for loss of resale would have pretty far reaching effects if they held up. I would hope they get thrown out. The idea that a manufacturer of goods is held to a future used value is pretty far fetched.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Mar 23, 2015

      "The idea that a manufacturer of goods is held to a future used value is pretty far fetched." JLR would be insolvent from such a suit in a matter of minutes.

  • Buickman Buickman on Mar 23, 2015

    glorified administrative assistant becomes figurehead CEO to front for Banksters in need of leniency from investigative bodies. now that the unjustified accolades have subsided it's time to face the harsh realities of past incompetencies. Old GM? New GM? doesn't matter in the Court of Public opinion.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Mar 23, 2015

      @dal20402 No, I think he is right on the money. It was a smooth move by a bunch of old white guys to elevate this lady to the hot spot before the US government, GM's benefactor, to take the heat. Don't forget, Buickman was an ace GM sales guy and isn't telling us everything he knows about GM. If he would write a book about GM, I would buy it, like I bought Bob Lutz's book. It's true that I give books I buy to a library AFTER I have read them, but I did buy books, like Steve Rattner's, through Amazon and actually read them front to back.

  • Akear Akear on Mar 24, 2015

    Should every Ion and Cobalt owner be entitled to a million dollars. They could claim undue stress due to the vehicles reputation.