Trials & Litigation

Woman sues GM over criminal conviction resulting from car crash


General Motors is facing a number of lawsuits as a result of its now-admitted problem with vehicle ignition switches. But one may be unique.

A Texas woman who was convicted of negligent homicide as a result of a 2004 crash now says in a federal lawsuit filed in Tyler on Monday that she was not at fault. Her suit seeks damages from GM, contending that the automaker’s concealment of the ignition-switch problem with its vehicles was responsible for a false assumption by authorities that a lack of skid marks meant her driving caused the crash, the Associated Press reports.

Separately, plaintiff Candice Anderson is also seeking to vacate her criminal conviction.

Bloomberg and CBS News articles provide more details.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “GM cites ‘pattern of incompetence,’ fires 15 including legal execs, will pay ignition-switch victims”

Wall Street Journal (sub. req.): “Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Take Aim at GM for Recall”

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