Georgia Judge Rejects GM’s Demand to Set Aside Wrongful Death Claim

Mar 5, 2015

A Georgia judge had rejected a General Motors motion to dismiss a wrongful death case against the automaker and set the trial for April 2016. The family of twenty-nine-year-old nurse Brooke Melton who passed away in a 2010 car accident close to Atlanta, took legal action against GM claiming that a defective ignition switch in her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt suddenly turned off the engine, making her lose control of the car.

In 2013, they settled with GM for $5 million. However, the case revealed how GM allowed a myriad of cars remained on the road even subsequent to the discovery of ignition switch flaws connected to no less than thirteen deaths. The Meltons filed a new complaint in May 2014 that GM illegally hid evidence throughout the initial case.