U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman has named the lawyers who will head up the General Motors multidistrict litigation (MDL) related to claims surrounding the defective ignition switch. Selected as co-lead counsel are Steve W. Berman, Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Robert C. Hilliard. Judge Furman also filled out the rest of the leadership team, which includes the 10-member executive committee. Lance Cooper, the Georgia lawyer who uncovered the defect, and is directly responsible for exposing GM’s cover-up, resulting in massive recalls, was named to the executive committee.
It’s widely recognized that without Lance’s work in the Melton case the defect would not have been revealed by GM. The automaker had successfully engaged in a cover-up of the known defect and the hundreds of deaths it caused for more than10 years. It’s quite appropriate that Lance should be in a leadership role.
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