A judge in Georgia refused to dismiss a reopened ignition switch wrongful death case against General Motors that had previously been settled. The original case was settled prior to the public knowledge that GM had known about the ignition switch problem for years.
The original wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the parents of Brooke Melton, who was killed in a 2010 accident after her Chevrolet Cobalt had an ignition switch failure. The lawsuit was settled in September 2013 for a purported $5 million. However, the Meltons reopened the case after the disclosure of the known ignition switch problems.
The new lawsuit alleges that General Motors willfully concealed relevant information during the first lawsuit. GM attempted to have the new lawsuit dismissed, claiming that the issue was already settled. However, the judge disagreed and ordered GM to produce documents requested by the Meltons’ attorney, allowing the new lawsuit to proceed.
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