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A Busy Year for NHTSA Enforcement and Rulemaking

This promises to be one of NHTSA’s busiest years for enforcement and rulemaking activity. NHTSA is expected to continue its aggressive enforcement, sparked by GM’s massive ignition switch recall and the flood of follow-on...more

The Mazda 3 Lock – alleged “shoddy goods” are not always defective

Following a common issues trial solely on questions of liability, Justice Viens of the Quebec Superior Court found that there was no liability with respect to the allegedly defective locking mechanism in Mazda 3 vehicles’...more

Now Up to 29 Million GM Vehicles Recalled

During the first quarter of 2014, General Motors sent shockwaves across Wall Street when it recalled more than one million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch. The company only decided to issue the recall after at...more

Another Recall from GM

I have lost count now of how many times GM has issued a recall and the total number of vehicles recalled in the past several months by GM; I know it is in the area of over 20 million vehicles. Tragically, years of delay in...more

General Motors Has Set A New Precedence For Auto Recalls This Year

General Motors (GM) has set a new precedence for auto recalls this year, as the first cavalcade of auto recalls quickly turned the safety notices into background noise ignored by many of the effected car owners. GM started...more

Speak Up or Pay Up: Lessons from GM

The now infamous General Motors mea culpa, which followed the automotive giant’s recall of almost six million cars, has brought the importance of a “speak up culture” front and center. As part of the company’s long road to...more

Defective Airbags Lead to More Automobile Recalls

Automobile recalls have been a hot topic in the news lately. Indeed, millions of vehicles have been recalled due to dangerous automobile defects. Adding to the list of recalled cars and trucks, a recent article in the Wall...more

GM Driven to Safety Initiative

In the past year, General Motors has recalled more than 2.6 million cars built with defective ignition switches. These defective ignition switches have been linked to the death of a recorded 13 people. This case has received...more

Blecker: GM Recalls Show Need for Harsher Penalties for "Red Collar" Criminals [Video]

July 1, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently released internal investigation into the failure to report a problem with ignition switches on...more

Someone Has to Deliver the Bad News: What to Learn From GM and Sophocles

44 recalls. 13 deaths. 20 million vehicles. 9 years. 3 Congressional appearances. These five numbers tell a terrible and tragic story you probably recognize as the GM ignition switch recall debacle. This is a situation that...more

GM Report: Numerous Failures Led to Tragic Results

In early June, independent counsel hired by General Motors (GM) delivered a long-awaited investigative report on the deadly ignition switch defect that devastated lives and families across the United States. As expected, the...more

When the In-House Lawyers Run Amuck

We all know the jokes about lawyers. We have heard them over and over, at parties, with friends, and among colleagues. Right now, they seem particularly on point....more

The GM Safety Debacle – Everyone is Responsible and No One is Responsible

The Valukas Report to the General Motors Board of Directors Regarding Ignition Switch Recalls is a lengthy report that describes in excruciating detail how GM failed to uncover and remedy significant safety issues...more

You Should Know - May 2014

In This Issue: - Parents Ask Why? - Courtroom Power - Snapshot Survey - Excerpt from Civil Justice System Compels Safety Innovations - Family’s Search for Answers Uncovers Fatal Flaw in GM...more

NHTSA and GM Agree to Resolve Timeliness Claims Related to Ignition Switch Recall

Last week, NHTSA and GM announced an agreement to resolve recall timeliness claims related to GM’s massive Ignition Switch recall. In addition to the widely-reported $35 million civil penalty GM has agreed to pay (the maximum...more

What Did G.M. Know About the Deadly Defective Auto Part?

So far, at least 13 deaths have been linked to a defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles. In response, G.M. has recalled 2.6 million of its cars. However, the manufacturer stops short of recommending drivers park...more

Recalled Automobiles and Used Car Sales

Cars with Recalls Often Sold without Repairs or Replacements - Have you or someone you know purchased a used automobile? Every year, thousands of Americans visit used car dealerships and decide to buy pre-owned...more

Trouble at the Start: GM Recalls Defective Cars

In a move that was too little, too late, General Motors (GM) has recalled millions of cars with potentially life-threatening mechanical defects. In February, GM recalled more than a million cars for a defective ignition...more

Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

Lessons For Suppliers From GM’s Belated Ignition Switch Recall

GM’s well-crafted, post-bankruptcy image as a more efficient, product savvy, financially prudent, customer-focused automaker is suffering severe damage. The cause of the damage is that GM did not recall until this year over a...more

GM Recall Debacle — Placing Americans in Danger

GM is in a fix. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has ordered them to respond to 107 questions concerning defects in GM cars and trucks. Although GM’s CEO promised transparency in the...more

GM & NHTSA Under Fire: Federal Investigations, Class Actions, Immunity Questioned and Scope of Massive Recalls Revealed

Just three months into General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s newly assumed role, the exec faces two congressional probes this week on Capitol Hill as well as a criminal investigation launched by the Department of Justice. (Read...more

An Abuse of Power — GM Recalls Nearly 7 Million Vehicles

Companies that produce products such as power tools, planes, motor vehicles and guns should be held to a higher standard of public responsibility than maybe, say blender manufacturers. A bad blender might ruin a good party,...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors...more

Automobile Defects, Consumer Complaints, and Recalls

General Motors Recall Implicates Federal Safety Regulators in Deaths - According to a recent article in the New York Times earlier this month, General Motors decided to recall 1.6 million of its automobiles for a...more

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