Family says GM lied about knowledge of defective ignition switch

Ken and Beth Melton, whose daughter Brooke was killed when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed because of a defective General Motors (GM) ignition switch, say they want to uncover the truth behind what the auto giant knew about the defect, and when they knew it. The Meltons settled with GM in September. However, after hearing GM CEO Mary Barra tell a congressional committee that GM employees may have concealed critical evidence and lied about it, they asked the company to rescind the settlement agreement. GM refused, and in fact denied any improper behavior. Now the Meltons are asking a judge to rescind the settlement, and have filed a new wrongful death complaint. The new lawsuit was filed by Lance Cooper of The Cooper Firm in Marietta, Ga., who represented the Meltons in the original settlement, and Jere Beasley, Founding Shareholder of Beasley Allen Law firm. Cooper and Beasley announced earlier this month they would partner to handle product liability claims against GM related to the faulty ignition switch. Beasley says he believes the Meltons’ decision is courageous, and will bring out the truth in their case and reveal a massive GM cover-up to the public. “This will be a game-changer in products liability litigation against the auto industry,” Mr. Beasley said.


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