Friday, January 22, 2016

GM has first victory in ignition settlement case.

Richard Mellor
Afscme Local 444, retired

It is well documented that General Motors knowingly covered up a defective ignition switch in its vehicles that led to the deaths of more than 100 people.  A number of lawsuits have been filed aimed at agreeing to settlements and a federal judge has already dismissed the first one after it was discovered the plaintiff had “doctored a check stub when attempting to purchase a house in the weeks after the crash.” According to reports.

Apparently a realtor, had contacted GM to apprise the company’s lawyers of the infraction, what amounts to fraud.  The realtor had heard about the case on the radio and being the solid citizen that he undoubtedly is ran to the corporation with the news. That this changes nothing with regard to what has been reported about GM’s cover up of this defect in its product that led to deaths doesn’t seem to apply here.

I’d love to know more details about this.  While the realtor profession contains among the most respected individuals that ever got up to go to work in the morning is without doubt, after all, you have to be a person of impeccable character to sell real estate, look at Donald Trump, I have this nagging doubt as to how this detail of the plaintiff’s life was discovered. Evidence was “uncovered” according to the media.

Excuse me for being such a skeptic but GM is a person and has rights as a person in the US. GM is therefore an extremely wealthy person with an army of lawyers and detectives and who knows what other means by which it can defend itself through an assault on anyone that dares challenges its primacy.

It’s like trying to sue Monsanto.  Even if these corporate individuals lose they cough up some cash and that’s the end of it. Jail time is a rare thing even when murder is committed as when a company knowingly covers up a defect that results in the consumer’s death. You can’t jail a factory.

I’m not suggesting the accusation of fraud is fabricated; it’s the process by which it was discovered that interests me. The lesson here is you can expect to be scrutinized to the nth degree if you use your rights in the courts to go after the people that own the judges and the legal system.

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