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GM move to freeze lawsuits may cut customer payouts by billions

The aggressive legal strategy runs the risk of further damaging GM's image with lawmakers and the public

Bloomberg  |  New York 

General Motors Co's move to freeze ignition-defect lawsuits in California and Texas has solid legal precedent behind it and could help slash customer demands for compensation by billions of dollars. GM asked federal judges in both states last week to delay litigation over the defect in several of its models until a US bankruptcy judge in New York rules whether some accident victims' claims can be brought without violating a sale order in its 2009 reorganisation. The aggressive legal strategy runs the risk of further damaging GM's image with lawmakers and the public. ...

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