Judge Jesse Furman, at a hearing on March 13, suggested that General Motors LLC and Plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation over faulty ignition switches should engage in settlement talks “at some point.” Judge Furman made the comment at the end of a nearly three-hour court hearing. It’s well known that the litigation arises from GM’s recall of millions of vehicles due to the defect. Judge Furman said: “At some point there ought to be discussions in some form, and some kind of alternative dispute resolution that is pursued.”
Judge Furman made it clear that he was not suggesting that the case should settle, but that he was just encouraging the parties to broach the subject. He scheduled another status conference for April 24. The Plaintiffs are pursuing claims against the automaker over more than 60 recalls affecting GM-branded vehicles sold in the U.S. from model years 1997 to 2014. As we have consistently pointed out, all of this stems from the work done in the original Melton lawsuit handled by Lance Cooper and the courageous actions of Ken and Beth Melton.
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