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First ignition switch trial in New York dismissed

On January 12, a Manhattan, New York jury listened to arguments made by Texas personal injury attorney Robert Hilliard on behalf of Oklahoma resident Robert Scheuer, who blamed the critical injuries he sustained in a May 2014 crash on the defective ignition switch in his 2003 Saturn Ion, which he was driving the day of the accident.

Ten days later, the jury dismissed the trial due to allegations from General Motors that Mr. Scheuer lied on the stand in order to exaggerate the injuries he claimed to have sustained in the collision. It became apparent in the course of the trial that Mr. Scheuer had an extensive history of neck and back trouble, and GM argued that this medical past complicated the nature of his personal injury claim.

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Attorney claims GM and outside law firm coordinated to cover up defect

An attorney is claiming that automaker General Motors Co. gained outside advice from a law firm regarding the cover-up of the defective ignition switches in the company’s vehicles, with the legal firm allegedly advising GM to settle wrongful death cases that a jury would clearly find them responsible for, the Wall Street Journal reported on June 11.

Citing previous court cases, the attorney said that secrecy between lawyers and clients should not go as far as providing for or asking advice regarding the commission of a crime or fraud.

Around 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles, along with other small cars, were recalled in early 2014 due to these vehicles’ defective ignition switches.

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