Berkowitz and Hanna LLC has learned that the first wrongful death suit against General Motors, relating to its faulty ignition switches, is set for trial. The case, filed in federal court in Manhattan, will go to trial on January 11, 2016.
Several wrongful death lawsuits stemming from this massive recall are pending in courts across the country. In this case, 15 plaintiffs are asking GM for compensation for fatalities linked to the ignition switch. Back in February, GM issued a recall on defective ignition switches that could trigger an engine shutdown and lead to loss of power to important safety components including airbags.
Berkowitz and Hanna LLC knows that in large-scale wrongful death and product liability lawsuits like this one, it is sometimes in the best interest of the defendant to settle claims out of court. One reason for the trial date being set for 2016 would be to give plaintiffs time to negotiate settlements with GM. At this point 31 settlements have been offered to people who lost loved ones or suffered injuries in crashes caused by the switches. It will be interesting to see if any of these cases actually go to trial.
Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.
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