Jere Beasley discusses GM’s record civil penalty in ignition switch recall

| Defective Products, Transportation

GM has agreed to pay a $35 million fine, the maximum penalty that could be levied against the automaker under the law, due to its handling of the delayed ignition switch recall; however, the cost is less than a day’s revenue for GM. Roughly 8.5 million vehicles have been recalled because of the ignition switch defect, which shuts down the ignition when it switches from “run” to “accessory,” killing brake and steering power even while the vehicle is still in use. Unfortunately, air bags were also disabled in some cases. Jere Beasley, attorney and founding shareholder of Beasley Allen, tells WSFA News he expects more condemning evidence will come to light as the criminal investigation continues. Although he believes a settlement with GM may be in the future, Mr. Beasley says that settling cases without full knowledge of all GM did and did not do would be a disservice to his clients.

Jere Beasley, Beasley Allen Attorney
Jere Beasley

Jere Beasley, the founding member of Beasley Allen Law Firm, has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962. He was the lead Beasley Allen attorney in the record $11.9 billion award against ExxonMobil Corp. on behalf of the state of Alabama.


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