A jury in New York ruled that a defective ignition switch found in a 2007 Saturn Sky was not the cause of a crash in New Orleans in 2014, but ruled that the defective ignition switch was dangerous and that General Motors failed to warn consumers about the risk. No damages were awarded to the plaintiffs, who suffered injuries after crashing the vehicle on an icy bridge. According to the jury, the plaintiffs were unable to prove that the car stalled before the crash.
This trial was the first GM ignition switch jury trial to come to a conclusion. Legal analysts believe that the jury’s ruling, while a temporary victory for GM, is not good for the company in the long run. The jury sent a clear message that the defective ignition switches posed a serious danger and GM was negligent in warning the public. GM knew about the defective ignition switches for years, but kept the dangers quiet to save a few pennies per vehicle.
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Sometimes jury rulings do not go as planned or hoped for. Many people think that once a ruling is made by the court then there is nothing else that can be done. The great news is that sometimes something can be done! In the court system there is something called appeals. The appeals process is designed to offer formal challenges to the ruling of a court case. One needs a law firm that is admitted to argue appellate cases before State and Federal Courts of Appeal.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker works with a team of nationally recognized defective product attorneys to hold negligent corporations accountable for actions that endanger the safety of consumers. We also work with Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison Law Firm on appeal cases. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a recalled product, including the GM ignition switch recall, contact us today at (800) 333-0000 for a free legal consultation. Our team is ready to help you on the road to recovery.