By on March 17, 2015

Valukas Report

Previously confidential documents linked to the General Motors February 2014 ignition recall will give plaintiffs more ammunition for their lawsuits.

According to Automotive News, the documents were unveiled after GM settled last week with Ken and Beth Melton for a second time over the death of their daughter Brooke through the compensation fund administered by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, per attorneys Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley.

However, those documents — which includes communications between the automaker and its lawyers — contradict the conclusions found in the report published by attorney and independent investigator Anton Valukas, which stated that “incompetence and neglect — not an intentional effort to conceal” the ignition switch problems led to the recall last year after a decade of inaction.

As a result, Cooper and Beasley will begin deposing “all important General Motors witnesses” linked to the recall this May, including all current and former execs and employees.

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10 Comments on “Newly Revealed Documents Linked To GM Ignition Recall Contradict Valukas Report...”


  • avatar
    Nick

    So, I imagine that everyone that has previously settled can legally nullify those agreements and reopen their suits? Any attorneys in the room?

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      I’m not an attorney, but I’m not sure it matters to the plaintiffs. It’s already been established with what information was already out there that the switches were defective to the point of lethality. How do you make a completely worthless part more worthless? I wonder if these new documents reveal a level of prior knowledge that could open the door to criminal negligence charges being filed.

      What baffles me is how GM continues to be #1 in US market share.

  • avatar
    jrmason

    Only GM could keep such documentation confidential during such a high profile case this long. They’ve become the face of corruption and scandalism in my eyes, and one of a handful of reasons there will never be another GM product in my driveway again. (I know, I know, who cares)

  • avatar
    PonchoIndian

    How can anyone make an educated comment on this without seeing or at least hearing what is in these documents?

  • avatar
    jrmason

    Does it really matter? It doesn’t affect you or I either way but it COULD very well affect those involved in the lawsuit. GM should be very open at a time like this if they care one ounce about their reputation. The fact that they are still concealing documentation is a slap in the face to those that have lost loved ones in this senseless and avoidable situation.

    “However, those documents — which includes communications between the automaker and its lawyers — contradict the conclusions found in the report published by attorney and independent investigator Anton Valukas, which stated that “incompetence and neglect — not an intentional effort to conceal” the ignition switch problems led to the recall last year after a decade of inaction.”

    I’m not sure we really NEED to know much else, its already been well documented that the old and new GM is equally corrupt. Oh well, they will continue to sell vehicles regardless so I suppose it really doesn’t matter.

    • 0 avatar
      PonchoIndian

      I have a controversial feeling about the lawsuits I have read about, and I’ll leave it at that.

      I agree, it really doesn’t matter. GM is mostly dead to me anyway.

      I do find it interesting that GM is seen as any less moral than any other large company out there. God know’s they’re all the same. We’ll just wait for the next big fiasco to happen with someone else, although we know the coverage won’t be equal.

      • 0 avatar

        Exactly. Pessimistic as it seems, the truth is that large companies don’t “do right by their customers”. They compare the cost of litigation and a diminished reputation against the costs associated with fixing the issue. The only thing the other automakers have learned is that they can’t get away with something like this…at least, not without being a lot smarter about it. That’s why I don’t get smug, warm feelings and proclaim that “At least my beloved Ford/Toyota/Honda/Volkswagen/Subaru brand wouldn’t do this to people”…because they would. And they probably have.

        Now, the difference is that certain other automakers would have had more-stringent quality controls that might have caught a design flaw like this before it ever became a cost issue…

        But do I think that GM is the root of all evil? Not any more than the other automakers.

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