GM agrees to pay $575M in settlement for defective ignition switch lawsuits

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. has agreed to pay $575 million in order to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits- including personal injury and wrongful death cases- which have been filed against the automaker over defective small-car ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths across the country.

The company announced on Thursday, September 17 that it has reached an agreement with Texas personal injury lawyer Robert Hilliard to settle the combined 1,385 death and injury cases that were filed in connection to vehicular accidents caused by the faulty ignition switches.

The money will also be used to settle a 2014 class action lawsuit launched by shareholders who alleged that GM’s negligence over the defective ignition switches lowered the value of their stocks.

Companies that grow and get large by profiting off of dangerous or defective products should be held liable for their actions. Launch a product liability suit or personal injury suit in Dallas by hiring the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today.

Food companies with contamination issues may face charges

The United States Department of Justice has recently issued a warning that companies may face criminal and civil penalties if their products contain harmful bacteria that can poison consumers, according to the Times Free Press on July 13.

This statement was made in the wake of a listeria outbreak in Blue Bell Creameries’ ice cream products earlier this year, which allegedly caused three deaths and the shutdown of their production.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said the Justice department will be prioritizing “holding individuals and companies responsible when they fail to live up to their obligations that they have to protect the safety of the food that all of us eat.”

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe you should not have to fear the food you eat. If you or a loved one has suffered due to food contamination or a food-borne illness, our legal team may help you pursue funds to cover your losses. Call us at (214) 457-1668 today to learn more.

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