• Kirk Hartley

GM’s Ignition Switch Recall – Another Fund, or Litigation?

Which direction will GM take for its ignition switch failures – a compensation fund or litigation? Relevant considerations include the outcome of the ongoing internal investigation undertaken by Anton Valukas, reputation risk, costs, insurance (or self-insurance), and the terms of GM’s prior race through a farcical chapter 11 proceeding. News stories this week arise from Senate hearings. The events include GM hiring Ken Feinberg to provide his thoughts, and HarrisMartin scheduling a May 28, 2014 litigation seminar regarding the switch failures.

Many things move fast these days. Litigation typically does not. My bet is against GM Letting this fester for years.


About Kirk

Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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