Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Families of defective auto part victims may reopen GM cases

As the investigation into GM’s knowledge of the ignition switch defect that has been linked to several accidents moves forward, some settlements that GM made with families of those killed may be reopened. Illinois residents and those around the country have most likely been keeping an eye on this ongoing national story, which continues to grab headlines.

Because GM settled some cases without disclosing their knowledge of the defects, courts may be willing to let those settlements be undone and allow those families to join in new suits being filed against the manufacturer for these dangerous products.

Generally a settlement cannot be undone. But if the families can prove that GM committed fraud by failing to disclose knowledge they had at the time of a settlement, waived judge may approve setting the settlement aside. However, proving this fraud is only the first step in this very complicated situation.

If the families can prove that GM fraudulently covered up information about the defect in order to affect a settlement, the settlement could be undone. If the settlement is set aside, the second issue will be to determine which GM entity to sue.  The company filed bankruptcy after some of these cases were settled so they may be subject to the bankruptcy terms that settled any legal claims as of the date of the bankruptcy. But reopened claims could be filed against the new GM under the law of successor liability, which would make the post-bankruptcy GM liable for claims against the old GM.

As federal investigations continue into what GM knew and when they knew it, lawsuits are being filed across the country. Many of the facts that evolve in that investigation will be key factors to whether earlier settlements can be reopened. 

Getting into an accident or hurt because of a defective product can be a devastating and confusing experience. In order to hold the appropriate parties liable and collect compensation, it may be wise for victims and their families to speak with an attorney to explore their options.

Source: Reuters, "Exclusive: GM crash victims' families who settled may revisit deals," Jessica Dye, Julia Edwards and Paul Lienert, March 29, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose Gori Julian?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at Gori Julian fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. Gori Julian works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More

Watch Our Video

Watch More In Our Video Center >


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Purusing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

Gori Julian News

Gori Julian & Associates and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

Read More >

In The Community

Gori Julian & Associates and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Map & Directions

Washington, DC Office
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Map & Directions

New Orleans Office
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
Map & Directions

Los Angeles Office
3848 Carson Street, Suite 103
Torrance, CA 90503
Map & Directions

St. Louis Office
1133 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
Map & Directions

New York Office
360 Lexington Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Map & Directions

Orlando Office
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 201
Orlando, FL 32801
Map & Directions

Alton Office
500 E 6th Street
Alton, Illinois 62002
Map & Directions

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top