Plaintiffs whose GM Inc. vehicles were made by “New GM” will have their claims governed by the laws of their respective home states in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the automaker’s defective ignition switches. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, who presides over the MDL, entered the order on March 24. He noted that the parties didn’t agree on variations in the laws, but had met and agreed to the stipulation, which affects 22 plaintiffs from 14 states who acquired their GM vehicles since July 11, 2009.
The parties agreed that the 14 states’ laws should be applied individually to the fraudulent concealment and breach of implied warranty claims. Also, Judge Furman granted GM’s motion to dismiss claims from 75 plaintiffs who have failed to submit fact sheets and other documents detailing repairs to their vehicles as well as their medical histories and other information. GM had sought to eliminate more than 300 claims.
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