GM is facing an increasing potential liability because of more lawsuits—a total of $10 billion is possible. Commentator Ronnie G. Penton represents a group of people who are suing because of ignition switch problems and the recall.
Penton explained that his group has filed a master petition against GM in the state circuit court in St. Louis on behalf of people damaged by the recall and people who have been injured or killed because of ignition switch failures. The financial damage issue relates to the recall. People who own the vehicle with this defect may have a car worth very little money now.
GM also tried to cover up the problem. Penton explains that some of the defective parts were put in the name of another manufacturer. In many respects, “it was a callous disregard of public safety,” Penton opines. “It’s a very systemic problem.” The problem is caused by the extensive electronics of modern automobiles, including safety features such as airbags. If the ignition turns off, all kinds of systems in the car stop working. GM knew this, says Penton. This problem has been going on for ten years.
The next step will be for GM to answer the petition and meet with the plaintiffs’ counsel to set schedules for discovery.
Ronnie Penton is a member of The Penton Law Firm in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The firm quickly gained national recognition as a front runner in the legal aftermath surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster, when Ronnie Penton became the first to file a lawsuit for damages related to the spill. That claim, brought as an action in wrongful death, was filed on behalf of a 23-year-old oil field worker who died aboard the rig in the explosion. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.