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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

GM Recall: Knowledge of Deadly Defects

It is a defect linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 accidents. Should using a heavy keychain end a life? ...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

GM’s Billion Dollar Week In Washington

Two weeks ago, Toyota agreed to a record $1.2 billion settlement with U.S. regulators for the company’s alleged mishandling of its recall during its unintended acceleration crisis. Now it’s General Motors’ turn under the...more

GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars for Deadly Defect

The weight of a key ring on certain GM models causes the car to shift from run to accessory. This kills the engine — and possibly killed at least 13 people....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

When To Bring In Investigative Counsel And Why

When should you bring in a true outsider to handle an internal investigation? What about specialized investigative counsel? Jim McGrath, who often writes about the need for specialized investigative counsel, has also pointed...more

The General Motors Scandal: Risky Issues

The GM scandal is unfolding and provides important reminders for everyone involved in compliance and how to respond to a corporate scandal....more

General Motors Faulty Ignition Recall Leads to a Number of Fatalities

The federal safety regulators have received more than 260 complaints about General Motors indicating that that the vehicles suddenly turned off while being driven. Many of the complaints detailed frightening events in which...more

GM’s Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Ignition Switch - What Did Company Know?

General Motors has received reports of 13 deaths caused by an ignition-switch failure. GM’s Chief Executive says she is sorry. Mary Barra, who took over the Detroit-based company in January, told Reuters the company will...more

GM (Again) Revises Its Terms and Conditions, This Time in Response to Continued Supplier Concerns

In July 2013, GM rolled out major changes to its general terms and conditions for its contracts, imposing the most extensive changes for its suppliers in several decades. On this blog, we covered the changes and extensively...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2014

This month we look at part three of our three part series on Class Actions. In part three, Robert Rachal and M. Todd Mobley address the role of experts in class certification post Wal-Mart and Comcast and how to use and...more

U.S. Exports Record Number of Vehicles in 2013

Almost two million! Never before in one year has the United States exported so many vehicles around the world. But, in 2014, they will do so according to the Detroit News. More impressively, the big three of Ford Motor Co.,...more

Federal District Court Tosses $450 Million Retiree Health Care Suit Against GM

A federal district court in Michigan dismissed a breach-of-contract suit against General Motors over a $450 million payment for retiree medical benefits. Int’l Union, UAW v. Gen. Motors, LLC, No. 10-11366, 2013 U.S. Dist....more

OESA Regional Meeting – Chicago Automotive Supplier Industry Update

Are you aware that General Motors (“GM”) issued new general terms and conditions (“Terms”) for direct material, customer care & aftersales, and tooling purchases effective for requests for quotation issued on or after July...more

Shifting Gears: General Motors Invests in Logistics

General Motors’s (GM) new Arlington, Texas, stamping plant is the 10th contiguous stamping plant added to GM’s global operations in the last five years. And, there’s a reason for that. Actually there are several. The...more

Fight Over Reduction Of GM Retiree Benefits Not Over

General Motors of Canada suffered a blow this summer when an Ontario court held that GM was not entitled to reduce benefits it had promised to its retired workers....more

GM bets on Mexico

General Motors has outlined plans, which will look to invest over US$600 million for the expansion of their Mexican operations. This investment will facilitate new factories and upgrades to existing premises. The company...more

UCC-3 Termination Statements: Can They be Trusted?

The holdings of two recent decisions from the Bankruptcy Courts of the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of New York, handed down within three days of each other in March, both affect the amount of...more

Who Needs “Reservations”? Court Rules On Employer’s Ability To Reduce Retiree Benefits

In an era where finding efficiencies and cost-cutting are often important tools for business, a question faced by business is how and whether benefits in place for current employees and retirees can be changed....more

Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies When Workplace Harassment Constitutes Constructive Dismissal

The Court of Appeal’s decision in General Motors of Canada Limited v Johnson does not break any new ground in the law of constructive dismissal. But against the backdrop of Bill 168 (the Violence and Harassment in the...more

O’Neill v. General Motors: Court Rules that Retiree Benefits May be Reduced

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled last week that retiree benefits may be changed even after an employee retires: O’Neill v. General Motors of Canada Limited, 2013 ONSC 4654. In other words, an employee’s right to...more

General Motors New Terms and Conditions Effective July 15, 2013

General Motors has announced that Effective July 15, 2013, its general terms and conditions for direct material, customer care & aftersales (CCA) and tooling purchases are changing....more

Electric Vehicles Plans In China For GM

General Motors has opened an Advanced Materials Lab in Shanghai, and has brought to the Chinese market some of its most recent electrified vehicles. Among these are the Chevrolet Volt, the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, and the...more

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