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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

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

More to Come: GM Fined for Failures and Recalls More Cars

Difficulties for owners of cars manufactured by General Motors (GM) continue as another 2.7 million cars are recalled and the carmaker is fined millions for its systematic safety failures....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

Drawing the Line on Accountability

With all the attention on ethics and compliance, it is interesting to take account of the vocabulary — terms like “culture, governance, access, processes, diligence, independence, and empowerment” are all bandied about. One...more

TCPA Connect - June 2014

TCPA Suit Based On Texts Unrelated To Promotion - Running a Cyber Monday promotion led to a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit for Cosmopolitan Hotels & Resorts. ...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 Ignition Recall: How it Could Affect Your Life

A tiny defect in several cars’ ignition switches has led to 13 confirmed deaths, many lawsuits and millions of recalls. The company behind it all? General Motors. In fact, many believe that someone at GM or the National...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

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study,...more

Recent Projects Indicate Oppertunities for Redevelopment of Brownfields

Our firm has recently represented clients in two projects associated with brownfields that may signal an increased willingness on the part of regulatory authorities to facilitate redevelopment of contaminated properties. ...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

Without Fear of Sanctions – GM Might Have Acted Differently

How the proposed revisions to the federal rules might impact corporate conduct? We are hearing unpleasant news about the way in which General Motors handled the issue of defective ignition switches, defects in gas...more

Social Media Roundup: The Top 5 Buzzing Issues

Here is a look at some of the hottest topics lawyers and others in the legal industry have been abuzz about. BP’s change of heart over its settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster - In November...more

The GM Recall: A Personal Loss

Recently announced vehicle recalls by General Motors (GM) are provoking a firestorm of response from consumers, regulatory agencies and the U.S. Justice Department. For one Wisconsin family, the storm began in 2006. ...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

Fair Use of GM’s Corvette Stingray?

While filling up my gas tank at our local Costco last week I coudn’t resist capturing this photo of pump signage to ask our dear readers a few pointed questions...more

Failure Is Not An Option

When it comes to a dealership’s legal liability for employment-related problems, the basis of the liability generally falls into two categories – actions the dealership took and those it failed to take. When it comes to big...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 Ignition Switch Recalls — Did the Company Conceal Known Dangers?

In March of 2010, Atlanta pediatric nurse Brooke Melton was driving to her boyfriend’s home to celebrate her 29th birthday when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident. The vehicle’s black box indicated that the...more

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